Arrest made in Human Trafficking investigation,
Ernest Chiu, 32,
Facing 4 charges
Broadcast time: 14:15
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Case #: 2017-1800711
The Toronto Police Human Trafficking Enforcement Team would like to make the public aware of a human trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- the Human Trafficking Team started an investigation into the trafficking of a 15-year-old girl
- during that investigation, investigators learned about a man
- the man met the girl in December of 2016 after responding to an escort advertisement for sex on the website Backpage.com
- he had unprotected sex with her
- during the following months, he met with her at different hotels in the Toronto area and paid to have unprotected sex with her
- after the encounters he would prescribe her birth control prescriptions and would inject her with the medication
It is further alleged that:
- on a subsequent occasion, he requested the girl attend his place of work at the Toronto General Hospital
- she attended the hospital and was escorted into his office where he had sexual intercourse with her
- after the encounter he prescribed her medication
Members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team arrested him and executed a Criminal Code search warrant at his residence.
Ernest Chiu, 32, of Toronto, was charged with:
1. Sexual Interference
2. Invitation to Sexual Touching
3. Obtaining Sexual Services from a person under 18
4. Sexual Assault
He is a Doctor of Nephrology and is associated to the following facilities in the Toronto area:
St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto General Hospital
Toronto Western Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital
Toronto Rehab and Sinai Health System
He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Friday, October 6, 2017, room 101.
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), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
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.
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 our Sex Crimes website.
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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team