Man arrested in Human Trafficking investigation,
Joshua Scanlan, 20,
Faces seven charges
Broadcast time: 16:02
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Case #: 2018-550671
Members of the Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team have made an arrest in an investigation into an alleged Human Trafficking occurrence.
It is alleged that:
- a woman, 21, was forced to work in the sex trade by two men and a woman
- she was trafficked in the Greater Toronto Area by them
- she was forced to abide by rules they imposed on her
- they demanded she turn over all of her earnings to them
- they used deception, false promises, intimidation and fear to exercise control over the actions and movements of the woman
It is further alleged that:
- on one occasion, one of the men and the woman sexually assaulted her
On Thursday, May 10, 2018, Daylo Robinson, 27, and Rebecca Horton, 22, were located in Peel Region and arrested.
On Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 4 p.m., members of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team located, arrested and charged Joshua Scanlan, 20, of Durham Region, with:
1. Trafficking in Persons under 18 Years of Age by Recruiting
2. Procuring Person Under 18 Years
3. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years of Age by Exercising Control
4. Exercise Control
5. Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons under 18 Years of Age
6. Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided of Person Under the Age of 18 Years
7. Advertise Another Person's Sexual Services
He appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Friday, June 1, 2018, at 10 a.m., in room 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.
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, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). 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 Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Specialized Criminal Investigations, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team