(Thunder Bay, ON.) – Charges have been laid by police following the third installment of a coordinated, national investigation to suppress human trafficking.
On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and Thursday, June 18, 2015, as part of Operation Northern
Spotlight, members of the Toronto Police Service and 20 other police services pre-arranged to meet with people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will, at urban locations across Ontario.
During the coordinated investigations over the two-day period, police charged two people with 41 offences. Police were also able to ensure the safety of six females, who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will, including one 14-year-old, three 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 19-year-old.
Ninety officers and support staff combined to interview 122 people, including 110 women and offered them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.
Charges have been laid by police following this third installment of a coordinated, provincial investigation to suppress human trafficking, they include:
During the initiative, Durham Regional Police Service conducted an intelligence probe with a 14-year-old girl in their jurisdiction for a possible intervention. Officers spoke with the girl, and she disclosed that she was allegedly being forced into the sex trade by a man. Further investigation identified the man as Levi Alexander, 19, of Toronto. Alexander is currently wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for Human Trafficking charges by the Toronto Police Service in relation to the last Human Trafficking investigation – Project Guardian, where he allegedly forced a 16-year-old girl into the sex trade. Police are concerned that this man will continue to victimize young girls and are appealing to the public for their assistance in apprehending him.
The following police services participated in this phase of Operation Northern Spotlight:
The Treaty Three Police Service will continue to support and create initiatives that target the victimization of Young Girls and Women in and around our Communities at the local and National level.