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Eight Arrested in Human Trafficking Investigation

Police say a number of young women and girls were rescued.

Toronto Police announced the result of an operation known as “Project Dove”.  Police say that between 2013 and 2014 a human trafficking ring was being run out of the Morningside Road and Lawrence Avenue area of Scarborough.  Eight people were arrested Thursday as a result of the investigation and police say a number of young women were rescued after being forced into prostitution.

Three men, two women and three youths are facing 44 human trafficking related offences.

“As it stands right now four individuals are still outstanding.  The arrest warrants have been taken out for the outstanding parties.” said Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins.

Beaven-Desjardins says some of the accused are associated with the Scarborough gang “The Galloway Boys”. 

The arrested are:

Shanicka Providence, 18, of Toronto

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
2) Trafficking of a Person under the age of 18 years
3) Material Benefit Resulting from Trafficking in Persons
4) Forcible Confinement
5) Procure to become a Prostitute
6) Exercise Control
7) Living on the Avails of Juvenile Prostitution
8) Uttering Threats
9) Assault
10) Telecommunication Agreement to Commit Specific Criminal Offences
 
Young Person, 17, of Toronto

1) Trafficking of a Person under the age of 18 years
2) Material Benefit Resulting from Trafficking in Persons
3) Procure to become a Prostitute
4) Living on the Avails of Juvenile Prostitution
5) Exercise Control
6) Fail to Comply with Probation Order (two counts)
 
Tchello Whyte, 25, of Toronto

1) Possession of Child Pornography
2) Sexual Assault
3) Sexual Interference
4) Procure to become a Prostitute
5) Exercise Control
6) Make Child Pornography
7) Fail to Comply with Probation Order
 
Alexandra Abdellatif Alia, 25, of Toronto

1) Trafficking of a Person under the age of 18 years
2) Procure to become a Prostitute
3) Exercise Control
4) Make Child Pornography
5) Imports, Distributes, Sells or Possesses Child Pornography (two counts)
6) Possession of Child Pornography

Young Person, 17, of Toronto
1) Procure to become a Prostitute
2) Fail to Comply with Probation Order (three counts)
 
Markus Cole, 20, of Toronto

1) Trafficking of a Person under the age of 18 years
 
Young Person, 17, of Toronto

1) Procure to become a Prostitute
 
Anthony Talbert, 21, of Toronto

1) Sexual Assault
2) Assault
3) Trafficking of a Person under the age of 18 years
4) Fail to Comply Recognizance
5) Material Benefit Resulting from Trafficking in Persons
6) Procure to become a Prostitute
7) Living on the Avails of Juvenile Prostitution
8) Exercise Control
 

Police wouldn’t go into detail about the young women who were rescued, but say some of them have since been reunited with family.

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