Arrest made in Human Trafficking Investigation,
Jahvon Collins, 19,
Facing 14 charges
Broadcast time: 15:08
Friday, March 10, 2017
Case #: 2017-399789
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in a Human Trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- in February, 2017, a 17-year-old girl met a man in Montreal
- a short time later, the girl traveled to Toronto with the man under the belief it was strictly a trip
- once in Toronto, the man took and destroyed the girl's cellular phone and identification
- the man then forced the girl to work in the sex trade industry as an escort, posting advertisements on the website backpage.com
- the girl was forced to hand over all the money she made
- the girl was also assaulted, threatened, and forced to provide sexual services to the man
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the girl managed to escape and subsequently contacted police.
On Sunday, March 5, 2017, the man was arrested on board a bus as he was trying to leave the province.
Jahvon Collins, 19, of Montreal, is charged with:
1) Trafficking of a Person Under the age of 18 years by Exercising Control
2) Material Benefit - Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years
3) Withholding or destroying documents in Relation to Trafficking in Persons
4) Procuring Exercising Control over a person under 18 years
5) Sexual Assault
6) Forcible Confinement
7) Assault with a Weapon
8) Uttering Threats
9) Advertising Another Person's Sexual Services
10) Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided by a Person under 18 years
11) Mischief/Damage to property not exceeding $5000
12) Overcome Resistance by Attempting to Choke, Suffocate
13) Assault with a Weapon
14) Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime not Exceeding $5000
He appeared at Old City Hall on Monday, March 6, 2017, in courtroom 101.
Police would like to encourage all affected individuals 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 Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes website.
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, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
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Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team