Arrests made in Human Trafficking investigation,
Three men facing total of 31 charges,
Photos of the men released
Broadcast time: 14:04
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Case #: 2018-95224
Members of the Toronto Police Human Trafficking Enforcement Team would like to make the public aware of arrests made in a Human Trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- during November 2017, an 18-year-old woman, was sexually assaulted on numerous occasions and forcibly confined by a man
- she was coerced into the sex trade by means of threats to her and her family
- during this time the man controlled her through violent sexual assaults and the use of a firearm and intimidation
- she was able to flee from the man and contacted police
On Wednesday, December 13, 2017, members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team executed a series of Criminal Code Search Warrants and arrested Deion Cuvilie, aka 'D', 21, of Brampton, and Kristos Shepherd, 19, of Brampton.
It is further alleged that:
- during the execution of the search warrants, officers located and seized a loaded Norenco 308 long-barreled rifle and a quantity of crack cocaine
- a 2016 grey, Nissan Maxima, was also seized
Deion Cuvilie, aka 'D', 21, of Brampton, was charged with:
1. Sexual Assault
2. Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm
3. Sexual Assault with a Weapon
4. Procuring/Recruit Person to Provide Sexual Services
5. Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting
6. Procuring/Exercise Control
7. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
8. Possession of a Firearm Knowing that its Possession is Unauthorized
9. Careless Storage of a Firearm
10. Careless Storage of Ammunition
11. Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations
12. Two counts of Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order
13. Theft Under $5000
15. Forcible Confinement
16. Overcome Resistance by Attempting to Choke
17. Two counts of Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking CDSA
18. Three counts of Fail to Comply with Probation Order
He is scheduled to appeared in court at Old City Hall on Monday, April 9, 2018, 10 a.m., room 123.
Kristos Shepherd, 19, of Brampton, was charged with:
1. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
2. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
3. Careless Storage of a Firearm
4. Careless Storage of Ammunition
5. Store Firearm Contrary to Regulations
He is scheduled to appeared in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, April 5, 2018, 9 a.m., room 111.
During the course of the investigation, officers identified a second victim.
It is alleged that:
- on Thursday, November 23, 2017, a 17-year-old girl was in the company of a man, known to her as the rap artist 'KMoney', who is an associate of the Deion Cuvilie
- during the evening hours, the man assaulted, forcibly confined and sexually assaulted the girl
On Sunday, March 25, 2018, members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team arrested Kareemallah Muhammad, aka 'KMoney', 22, of Toronto. He was charged with:
2. Sexual Assault
3. Forcible Confinement
4. Fail to Comply Probation
He appeared in court at Old City Hall on Monday, March 26, 2018.
Police are concerned there may be more victims.
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 416-808-7474, 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.
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.
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Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Inspector Domenic Sinopoli, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team