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Human Trafficking Investigation

Mar 13, 2018


Two young woman aged 14 and 16 were removed from the control of their traffickers

On the early morning hours of Monday March 12, 2018, Community Patrol Officers attended a Motel on Colborne Street and spoke with two females. The officers identified the two young women as victims of Human Trafficking, being forced into the sex trade. An investigation, including officers from the BPS Child Abuse and Sexual Assault (CASA) and BPS Major Crime Units began.

Investigation revealed that the two Hamilton women were being recruited and controlled to provide sexual services.  The accused advertised sexual services to be performed by the two young victims. When cash was received in exchange for sexual services the accused took the money.       
As a result of this investigation two accused were arrested without incident at the motel for human trafficking related offences.

ALEMU, Same Tedros, 20 yrs of Toronto is charged with the following offences;

? Human Trafficking under 18
? Receiving Material Benefit under 18
? Derive Material Benefit under 18
? Procuring under 18
? Advertise Sexual Services
? Disobey Court Order X3

CLARKE, Deja Denique, 18 yrs of Brantford is charged with the following offences;

? Human Trafficking under 18
? Receiving material benefit under 18
? Derive Material Benefit under 18
? Procuring under 18
? Advertise Sexual Services
? Proceeds of Crime 

Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or if you are a victim or believe you may know of a victim please contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service CASA Unit at 519-756-0113 ext. 2264.

Call 9-1-1 emergency if anyone is in immediate danger or in an emergency situation.
Anyone needing victim services can call Brantford Victim Services at 519-752-3140

The Brantford Police Service takes the safety and well-being of vulnerable persons, particularly young women very seriously. The victims in this modern form of slavery are mostly young woman. Victims are being lured and groomed into false hopes by traffickers. These women are isolated by forms of psychological intimidation, threats of violence and violence. Cst Natalie Laing

Human Trafficking Offences prohibits the recruitment, transportation, harbouring or controlling of the movements of another for the purpose of exploiting or facilitating the exploitation of that person. It is also an offence to receive a financial or other material benefit, knowing that it results from the trafficking of a person.  

Procuring is defined as procuring a person to offer or provide sexual services for consideration or for the purposes of facilitating the purchasing offence, recruiting, holding, concealing or harbouring a person who offers or provides sexual services for consideration or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of that person.

Human trafficking is defined as recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harbouring a person, or exercising control direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purposes of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation.

Know The Signs! (Provided by Ontario?s Strategy to End Human Trafficking)

Possible signs that someone is being groomed for sex trafficking include changes such as:
? Withdrawing from family and friends
? Being secretive about their activities
? Having a new boyfriend, girlfriend or friend who they won?t introduce to friends and family
? Suddenly spending time with an older person or people
? Staying out more often and later
? Absences from school or a decline in school performance
? Wearing more sexualized clothing
? Having new clothing, jewelry etc. that they can?t afford to buy
? Suddenly having a new or second cell phone with a secret number

 Signs someone is being ?Recruited? or ?Groomed?
? The person is not allowed to speak for themselves and their activities are controlled by someone else.
? The person is under 18 and involved in prostitution or sex work.
? The person is unpaid or paid very little to work, and seems to be treated poorly (long or unusual hours, not allowed breaks, forced to live in poor conditions, etc.).
? The person is repaying a large debt through labour or sex.
? The person seems fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous/paranoid. They may avoid eye contact, seem fearful around police, etc.
? The person shows signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etc.
? The person has tattooing or branding symbols, particularly names.
? The person doesn?t have their own things or money, and doesn?t control their own passport or other documents.
? The person seems malnourished or lacks medical care.
? The person is moved frequently and may not know their surroundings well.
? The person has been reported missing.

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