Human Trafficking Investigation,
Broadcast time: 07:45
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Case #: 2019-129287
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in a human trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- on multiple occasions, a man physically assaulted a 28-year-old woman
- during one of the assaults, the woman sustained broken ribs
- the man placed the woman's photograph, as an advertisement, on Leolist.com
- the man forced the woman to work in the sex trade in the Greater Toronto Area
- the woman was forced to abide by the rules the man imposed on her
- the woman was forced to turn over all of her earnings to the man
- the man used deception, false promises, intimidation, fear, assaultive behaviour and threatened the woman’s family and pet to exercise control over her actions and movements
On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, investigators from the Toronto Police Sex Crimes - Human Trafficking Enforcement Team executed Criminal Code search warrants in the city of Toronto and the city of Brampton. The man was located and arrested without incident.
Justin Reuben Europe, 32, of Brampton, is charged with:
1. Trafficking in Persons by Exercising Control
3. Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons
4. Advertising another Person’s Sexual Service
5. Material Benefit from Sexual Services
7. Assault causing Bodily Harm
8. Two counts of Uttering Threats
9. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
10. Possession Proceeds of Crime
11. Fail to Comply with Recognizance
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Thursday, January 24, 2019.
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. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit our Sex Crimes website.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team