Arrest made in Human Trafficking Investigation,
Saman Rezvani, 28, facing 13 charges
Broadcast time: 10:10
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Unit: Sex Crimes
Case #: 2022-438290
The Toronto Police Service – Human Trafficking Enforcement Team would like to make the public aware of a human trafficking investigation which began in March this year.
It is alleged that:
- a woman met a man on an online dating platform and began an intimate relationship
- he procured her to work in the sex trade and trafficked her throughout the Greater Toronto Area and in Montreal, Quebec
- he forced her to turn over all the money she earned while working in the sex trade to him
- he withheld her identification
- he forced her to marry a man
- he used deception, false promises and assaults to exercise control over her actions and movements
On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, investigators from the Toronto Police Service, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, arrested a man in the City of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
Members subsequently executed a Criminal Code Search Warrant at a residence in Aurora, Ontario.
Saman Rezvani, 28, of Aurora, Ontario, was charged with:
1. Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting CC 279.01 (1)
2. Trafficking in Persons by Exercising Control CC 279.01 (1)
3. Financial/Material Benefit from Trafficking of Persons Over 18 CC 279.02 (1)
4. Withholding Documents in Relation to Trafficking in Persons Over 18 CC 279.03(1)
5. Procuring, Recruiting or Exercising Control CC 286.3 (1)
6. Procuring, Recruiting or Exercising Control CC 286.3 (1)
7. Material Benefits from Sexual Services CC 286.2 (1)
8. Advertising Another Persons Sexual Services CC 286.4
9. Assault CC 266
10. Assault/Choking CC 267 (c)
11. Fraud Not Exceeding $5000 CC 380 (1) (b)
12. Fraud Not Exceeding $5000 CC 380 (1) (b)
13. Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000 CC 354(1)
He appeared in court at Old City Hall Court on Friday, April 29, 2022, 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), or at www.222tips.com.
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 Paul Martin, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Enforcement Team