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[TPS] – Operation Northern Spotlight – Phase 5, Nationwide Human Trafficking investigation, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016, Results

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Operation Northern Spotlight – Phase 5, Nationwide Human Trafficking investigation, Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016, Results

Tuesday, October 18, 201610:40 AM
Sex Crimes

The Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team took part in the fifth enforcement initiative of Operation Northern Spotlight into vulnerable persons, particularly young women, being forced into the sex trade against their will.

A collaborative multi-jurisdictional initiative took place from Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – Sunday, October 16, 2016. This project includes involvement and coordination with municipal and federal police agencies across the country, and includes the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As part of Operation Northern Spotlight, members of 53 police services from across Canada, plus the FBI in the United States, directly engaged with people suspected of working in the sex trade, potentially against their will. During coordinated investigations over a six-day period, police charged 32 people with 78 offences. Police were also able to ensure the safety of 16 people who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will, including numerous people 16 and under. A total of 391 police officers and support staff engaged with 379 people and offered them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.

Charges include:
– Trafficking in Persons under 18
– Trafficking in Persons
– Procure Sexual Services under 18
– Procure Sexual Services
– Receive Material Benefit under 18
– Receive Material Benefit
– Communicate for the Purpose of Obtaining for Consideration the Sexual Services of a Person
– Exercise Control
– Make Child Pornography
– Distribute Child Pornography
– Possess Child Pornography
– Child Luring
– Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services
– Assault
– Obstruct Police
– Resist Arrest
– Weapons Dangerous
– various Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) offences
– Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation

The following Ontario police services participated in this phase of Operation Northern Spotlight: Amherstburg Police Service, Akwesasne Police Service, Barrie Police Service, Brantford Police Service, Brockville Police Service, Chatham-Kent Police Service, Cobourg Police Service, Cornwall Community Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Gananoque Police Service, Guelph Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, City of Kawartha Lakes Police Service, Kingston Police Service, LaSalle Police Service, London Police Service, Midland Police Service, Niagara Regional Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Orangeville Police Service, Ottawa Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, Peterborough Police Service, Port Hope Police Service, Rama Police Service, RCMP, Sarnia Police Service, Six Nations Police Service, St. Thomas Police Service, Stratford Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Waterloo Regional Police S ervice, Windsor Police Service, and York Regional Police. Seventeen additional police services and several RCMP municipal detachments across Canada also participated in Operation Northern Spotlight.

Human Trafficking is a local, provincial and national problem that affects the most vulnerable in society. Operation Northern Spotlight demonstrates the need to work together with other police services and community partners to effectively investigate these heinous crimes.

Police would like to encourage all affected people to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

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 TPS Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes website.

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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team

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