Arrest made in Human Trafficking Investigation,
Shakkim Edward, 23,
Broadcast time: 09:30
Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Unit: Sex Crimes
Case #: 2021-1000105
The Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team would like to make the public aware of a human trafficking investigation that commenced on Saturday, May 29, 2021.
It is alleged that:
- through a combination of deception and coercion, an adult female was sex trafficked out of an apartment in Toronto over a two-day period.
- all of the money earned throughout the offence period was turned over to the accused.
- a Criminal Code Search Warrant was executed by police at the Toronto apartment. A replica firearm and a quantity of illegal drugs were found inside.
On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Shakkim Edward, 23, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with the following offences related to the human trafficking investigation:
1. Trafficking in Persons by Exercising Control
2. Financial or Material Benefit person over 18
3. Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services
5. Material Benefit from Sexual Services
7. Traffic in Schedule I Substance – Heroin
8. Forcible Confinement
9. Possession Schedule I Substance for Trafficking – Cocaine
10. Unlawfully Possess Schedule I Substance – Cocaine
The accused persons appeared via video link at Old City Hall court, courtroom 103, on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
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 Edward Parks, Corporate Communications, for Detective Sergeant David Correa for Inspector Vander Heyden Toronto Police Service – Sex Crimes - Human Trafficking Enforcement Team.