Arrest made in Human Trafficking investigation,
Rose Hejazi, 22
Broadcast time: 13:15
Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Unit: Sex Crimes
Case #: 2021-606076
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in a Human Trafficking investigation.
Officers from the Service's Human Trafficking Enforcement Team launched an investigation on Friday, April 2, 2021.
It is alleged that:
- a 22-year-old woman was recruited and then trafficked for sexual services throughout Toronto
- a combination of deception and coercion was used to convince the woman to have sex with men for money
- all of the money earned throughout the offence period was turned over
On Tuesday April 27, 2021, Rose Hejazi, 22, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:
1. Trafficking in persons by recruiting
2. Trafficking in persons by exercising control
3. Material benefit from person over 18 years
4. Advertising another person's sexual services
6. Material benefit from sexual services
7. Possession of proceeds of crime over
She appeared in court at College Park Courts, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 9:30 a.m., room 507.
Investigators are concerned there may be other victims and witnesses, and are appealing to them to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4838, 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 or Google Play.
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.
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.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Caroline de Kloet, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable George Jiri, Sex Crimes – Human Trafficking Enforcement Team