Seven charged in sex trade bust


Seven people from the Greater Toronto Area have been charged with a total of 32 criminal offences, including money laundering, benefiting from the proceeds, and recruiting, holding, concealing or harbouring persons providing sexual services, after a commercial sex trade organization was dismantled Tuesday.

The Ontario Provincial Police say the organization rotated victims around apartments in Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia and Sudbury providing sexual services to clients responding to online advertisements.

During the search warrants, police restrained four properties and four vehicles. The victims were all provided support through victim services agencies.

The investigation was led by the OPP’s Anti-Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team in conjunction with the Canadian Border Services Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and victim service agencies.

Police partners involved include the Belleville, Durham, Greater Sudbury, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Waterloo and York Regional Police Services.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact their local police, the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Those charged range in age from 51 to 63.

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