Cassandra Walczak, 27, also known as Cassandra Thomas,
arrested in ongoing Human Trafficking investigation,
Faces seven charges,
Broadcast time: 11:35
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Case #: 2017-3169314
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing Human Trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- the victim, then an 18-year-old woman, met the accused in January 2014
- the victim performed sexual services and gave her money to the accused while living in Edmonton
- during the summer of 2014, the victim attempted to stop performing sexual services
- the accused violently assaulted the victim, and forced the victim to continue performing sexual services and took her passport
- the victim was able to leave the accused later that year
It is further alleged that:
- in 2017, the victim was coerced by the accused to continue to perform sexual services and give her the money
- in December 2017, the victim was able to escape and report the incidents to police
On Monday, December 18, 2017, Cassandra Walczak, also known as Cassandra Thomas, 27, of Toronto, surrendered to police.
She was charged with:
1) Trafficking in Persons
2) Withholding Travel Documents
3) Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration
4) Material Benefit from Sexual Services
6) Advertising Another Person's Sexual Services
7) Theft Under (Identification)
She appeared in court at College Park on Monday, December 18, 2017, 10 a.m., room 507.
She is known to frequent the Toronto and London, Ontario areas.
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.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2300, 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.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Rich Petrie, 23 Division