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[TPS] – Man, woman, arrested in human trafficking investigation, Photographs of man and woman released, Police believe there may be other victims

In Writing (all kinds) on April 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM

ronto Police Service
News Release

Man, woman, arrested in human trafficking investigation, Photographs of man and woman released, Police believe there may be other victims

Friday, April 8, 20169:14 AM
Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

In November 2015, investigators from the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team began an investigation into a human trafficking occurrence.

It is alleged that:

– an 18-year-old woman was lured into prostitution and forced to provide sexual services by a man

– she was “given” to another man and woman who also forced her into prostitution

– she was forced to take pictures of herself in various stages of undress

– she was forced to post the pictures on backpages.com, advertising sexual services

– she was taken to several hotels and residences in the GTA, where she was forced to provide sexual services for clients

– the man and woman took all of the money she earned

– she was sexually assaulted by the man

– she was able to escape from them and contact police

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, after a lengthy investigation, two Criminal Code search warrants were executed by members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, along with the TPS Gun and Gang Task Force.

Denneil Morgan, 34, of Brampton, is charged with:

1) two counts of Trafficking in Persons
2) Exercising Control
3) Procuring
4) two counts of Receive Material Benefit from Services Provided
5) Sexual Assault
6) three counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
7) Possession of Proceeds of Crime

Kiesha Shaunte Ripley, 23, of Brampton, is charged with:

1) two counts of Trafficking in Persons
2) Exercising Control
3) Procuring

They both appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Thursday, April 7, 2016, 10 a.m., room 114.

Police believe there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.

Human Trafficking means every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose. Victims can be men, women or children; can be Canadian citizens; and can be moved across local, provincial or national borders. They can be coerced through violence or the threat of violence against family and friends. The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team of Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.

Please download the Toronto Police Service Mobile App for iOS or Android.

For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.

Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

Attachments to this release are available on our website.


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