Man and 17 year-old girl face numerous charges for human trafficking, child pornography

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Shamar Clarke, 26, charged in Human Trafficking investigation

The Toronto Police Human Trafficking Enforcement Team would like to make the public aware of an investigation into a Human Trafficking occurrence.

It is alleged that:

• in May 2016, a then 16-year-old girl contacted a then 15-year-old girl through Facebook
• the 16-year-old girl convinced the 15-year-old girl to come to Toronto with her so they could hang out
• the 16-year-old girl brought the 15-year-old girl to an address in Toronto and introduced her to a then 25-year-old man
• the 15-year-old girl was told by the man that she was going to work for him providing sexual services for money
• the 16-year-old girl posted advertisements with pictures of the 15-year-old girl on the website Backpage.com
• the 15-year-old girl was forced to work in the sex trade and hand over all the money she made to the man and the 16-year-old girl
• the 15-year-old girl was assaulted, threatened, held against her will and sexually assaulted by the man
• the 15-year-old girl was given a quantity of alcohol and drugs to consume in order to stay awake longer and work
• after being held for two weeks, the 15-year-old girl managed to escape and contacted police.

The Toronto Police Service began an investigation and on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the man and 16-year-old girl were arrested.

Shamar Clarke, 26, was arrested and charged with:

1) Trafficking in Persons under eighteen years by Exercising Control
2) Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting
3) Material Benefit from Sexual Services provided by person under 18 years
4) Procuring Person under 18 years
5) Procuring/Exercising Control over person under 18
6) Advertising Another person’s sexual services
7) Print/Publish/Possess to publish Child Pornography
8) Import/Sell/Distribute etc. Child Pornography
9) Sexual Assault
10) Assault
11) Forcible Confinement
12) Uttering Threats/Death
13) Overcoming resistance to offence/attempt to choke

The 17-year-old girl was charged with:

1) Trafficking in Persons under eighteen years by Exercising Control
2) Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting
3) Material Benefit from Sexual Services provided by person under 18 years
4) Procuring Person under 18 years
5) Procuring/Exercising Control over person under 18
6) Advertising Another person’s sexual services
7) Print/Publish/Make/Possess to Publish child Pornography
8) Import/Sell/Distribute etc. Child Pornography

She cannot be identified due to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Please refer to Section 110, Subsection 1, of the YCJA:

110. (1) Subject to this section, no person shall publish the name of a young person, or any other information related to a young person, if it would identify the young person as a young person dealt with under this Act.*

They both appeared in court at Toronto West Courts, on Thursday, July 20, 2017, room 206.

Police are concerned there may be other victims.

Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.