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Human Trafficking investigation,
Two men and one woman arrested,
One man wanted



Broadcast time: 14:30
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Sex Crimes
416-808-7474

Case #: 2019-13296


The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of a human trafficking investigation that was by the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, in partnership with 22 Division.

It is alleged that:

- on Sunday, December 30, 2018, a 17-year-old girl met with two men in the Dundas Street and Yonge Street area

- the two men befriended the girl and provided her with a quantity of drugs and alcohol

- the girl was taken to the Hamilton area where she was sexually assaulted by both men

- in Hamilton, the girl met a third man and was sexually assaulted by him

- the girl was then introduced to a fourth man, who forced her into the sex trade

- photographs of the girl in stages of undress were taken and posted on Leolist.com, advertising her sexual services

- video recordings of a sexual assault were also captured by one of the men

- the men controlled all the communications with the customers via text messages or phone calls and the girl was told which sexual services to provide

- the girl was made to provide sexual services to numerous clients and the men

- the girl was further directed to turn over all the money to the men

- over the course of four days, the girl was forced to ingest a quantity of drugs, deprived of food, sleep, and was physically assaulted

On Tuesday, January 2, 2019, the girl returned to the Toronto area with one of the men.

On Wednesday, January 3, 2019, the girl was able to escape and contact police.

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team located and arrested two men. A Criminal Code search warrant was executed at an address in Hamilton.

Charlton Sealy, 35, of no fixed address, is charged with:

1. Sexual Assault
2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting Control
3. Financial/Material Benefit Trafficking Persons Under 18 years
4. Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided by Person Under 18 years
5. Make Child Pornography
6. Possession of a Schedule I Substance
7. Possession of Child Pornography
8. Assault
9. Advertising Another Person's Sexual Services

Shabaka Reid, 36, of Hamilton, is charged with:

1. Sexual Assault
2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting
3. Make Child Pornography
4. Financial/Material Benefit Person Under 18 years
5. Possession of a Schedule I Substance
6. Possession of Child Pornography

They both appeared in court, at Old City Hall, on Thursday, January 31, 2019.


On Friday, February 15, 2019, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team located and arrested Deanna Passera, 27, of no fixed address. She is charged with:

1. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Exercising Control
2. Financial/Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years
3. Publish Child Pornography
4. Possess Child Pornography
5. Make Child Pornography
6. Procuring - Person Under 18 years
7. Procuring/Exercise Control
8. Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services

She appeared in court, at Old City Hall, on Saturday, February 16, 2019.


One man remains outstanding in this investigation. He has been identified as Troy Thornhill, 37, of Toronto. He is wanted for:

1. Sexual Assault
2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting Control
3. Financial/Material Benefit Trafficking Persons Under 18 years
4. Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided by Person Under 18 years
5. Make Child Pornography
6. Possession of a Schedule I Substance CDSA
7. Possession of Child Pornography
8. Assault
9. Advertising another Person's Sexual Services

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, 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.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi, Sex Crimes-Human Trafficking Enforcement Team




Human Trafficking investigation,
Two men and one woman arrested,
One man wanted



Deanna Passera, 27, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.
Above: Deanna Passera, 27, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.




Human Trafficking investigation,
Two men and one woman arrested,
One man wanted



Shabaka Reid, 36, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.
Above: Shabaka Reid, 36, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.




Human Trafficking investigation,
Two men and one woman arrested,
One man wanted



Charlton Sealy, 35, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.
Above: Charlton Sealy, 35, is charged in a human trafficking investigation.




Human Trafficking investigation,
Two men and one woman arrested,
One man wanted



Troy Thornhill, 37, of Toronto is wanted in a human trafficking investigation.
Above: Troy Thornhill, 37, of Toronto is wanted in a human trafficking investigation.