The Toronto Police Human Trafficking Enforcement Team and investigators at 52 Division would like to make the public aware of a human trafficking investigation.
It is alleged that:
- A 20-year-old woman met a man in August 2017
- the man convinced the woman that he would pay an outstanding debt she had incurred, if she began to work for him in the sex trade.
- the man advised the woman they would split the profits earned by providing sexual services
- the woman believed the man was taking the earnings to pay back her debt she owed to him
- as a result of this arrangement, the man transported the woman to various hotels within Toronto and neighbouring regions, for the purposes of selling sexual services
- the man took photographs of her in various stages of undress and posted the advertisements for sexual services on Backpage.com
- he then forced her to hand over all the money she made and did not allow her to leave the hotel room or use her phone
- he provided narcotics to the woman to ensure her compliance
- an investigation led to the whereabouts of the woman
On Monday, October 16, 2017, Malcom Alpha Cassells, 26, of Toronto was arrested.
He has been charged with:
1) Trafficking in persons
2) Financial/ Material benefit from trafficking in persons over 18
3) Procuring/ Exercise Control CC
4) Advertising another person’s sexual services
5) Material Benefit from sexual services
6) Forcible Confinement
7) Possession of a schedule I substance
8) Traffic in schedule I substance
He was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Old City Hall Courts, court room 103.
Police are concerned there may be more 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, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.