Between Monday, October 9, 2017 and Saturday, October 14, 2017, 46 Ontario Police Services, including the Toronto Police Service’s Human Trafficking Enforcement Team, took part in a province-wide human trafficking outreach called Operation Northern Spotlight.
The initiative was part of a larger international operation led by the FBI, RCMP, and involved police services from Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Cambodia and the United Kingdom.
During the seven-day operation, a total of 331 police officers and support staff engaged with 198 people, offering them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.
Six people, including two under the age of 16, who were working in the sex trade under exploitive situations, were taken to safety. Twelve people were charged.
For more information, please contact Staff Sergeant Carolle Dionne, OPP Provincial Media Coordinator, at (705) 329-6878.
Human Trafficking is a local, provincial and national problem that affects the most vulnerable in society. Operation Northern Spotlight demonstrates the need to work together with other Police Services and community partners to effectively investigate these heinous crimes.
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, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.