Investigators with the York Regional Police Human Trafficking Section have arrested and charged an off-duty Toronto Police Service officer after a victim working in the sex trade came forward with information.
On March 31, 2021, officers received a report from a female victim that she had been contacted by a male suspect who arranged to meet with her at a hotel for sexual services. When the suspect arrived, he was wearing a firearm and told her that he was a police officer. The victim got upset and demanded that he leave.
The suspect was identified and he was arrested on April 2, 2021. Officers confirmed that the accused is an off-duty Toronto police officer. The Toronto Police Service has been notified.
Investigators have concerns that there may be additional victims and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
The 37-year-old officer from Georgina has been charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and mischief.
Members of the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Human Trafficking Section are continuing their aggressive efforts in combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls. Investigators are willing to speak with anyone involved in the sex trade who may be looking for a way out or who may require assistance to escape these dangerous circumstances.
A national hotline has been established through the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking to provide an avenue for victims and survivors to reach out for assistance and for members of the public to report incidents of human trafficking. Call 1-833-900-1010 or visit https://www.canadiancentretoendhumantrafficking.ca.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Human Trafficking Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6960 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.