Police charge Toronto man in human trafficking investigation

× Police charge Toronto man in human trafficking investigation

By Don Melvin, CNN

A Toronto man will appear in court Wednesday after being charged with human trafficking and child pornography offences in a widespread investigation, Ontario Provincial Police said.

The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the children, was arrested in late January as police carried out dozens of search warrants across Canada in an investigation called Project Spring Loaded.

Police say they discovered that the man allegedly made money off of sexual exploitation of children and left Canadian women to pay his bills and living expenses. The money was allegedly used to buy drugs, police said.

The suspect allegedly took advantage of vulnerable young women from Africa who were looked after, educated and taken to city centers to engage in prostitution, police said.

Police say no local victims have come forward. The investigation focuses on children who were allegedly exploited in Toronto.

“These charges show that sex crimes against children are treated very seriously,” said Ontarian Association of Chiefs of Police Superintendent Rob Garby. “Today’s announcement is another example of our dedicated partners working together to protect the most vulnerable.”

The suspect is being held on $250,000 bail, the police said.

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