DRPS Help Make Arrest for Human Trafficking Offences

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

A 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, both from Toronto, have been arrested for human trafficking after exploiting a young female in the sex trade.

In August 2016, an investigation was launched after a young female victim reported that she had been forced to work in the sex trade in the Greater Toronto Area. The female had been transported and exploited in multiple hotels and was only able to escape when a parent became aware of the situation and contacted police.

Yesterday, the suspects were arrested by police at a motel in Mississauga.

Shahib MALEKI, age 23, of Toronto, is charged with: Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years, Procuring Person Under 18 years, Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration Under 18 years; Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years; Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services; Make Child Pornography; Possess Child Pornography; Distribute Child Pornography; Financial/Material Benefit from Trafficking Person Over 18; Sexual Exploitation of a Young Person; Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence; and Breach Probation.  He was held for a bail hearing.

Alejandra HERRERRA, age 22, of  Toronto is charged with Trafficking in Persons Under 18 Years, Procuring Person Under 18 years, Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration Under 18 Years; Material Benefit from Sexual Services Under 18 Years; Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services; Make Child Pornography; Possess Child Pornography; Distribute Child Pornography; Financial/Material Benefit from Trafficking Person Over 18; Sexual Exploitation of a Young Person; and Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence. She was held for bail hearing.

The DRPS Human Trafficking Unit is committed to investigating incidents of exploitative and /or forced sex-trade work and is committed to helping all victims and connecting them with community resources to support them.  The DRPS would like to appeal to any person who may be involved in a similar situation or may know someone involved to come forward.  DRPS takes these cases seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, as well as protect the victims of this crime.

In Durham Region, the DRPS has set up a Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-5790-1520 ext. 4888.  Police encourage the public to call this line with any information related to human trafficking.

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