Human Trafficking -The Last Twelve Months

In April 2021 I presented a webinar to employees of a financial institution on Human Trafficking and Financial Fraud.

One of the questions asked during the webinar was “why do we not see anything in the news about this issue. So for the last 12 months I have been updating providing links to news articles each month on human trafficking through just the 401 corridor.

These were found with just a general google search and not much effort to find all the news stories. Here is the updated list of the last 12 months.

During the period of May 1st 2021 through to April 30th 2022 Project Recover opened 272 new cases involving a survivor of human trafficking. That is slightly more than 1 new case every single business day.

May 2022

May 19th 2022 https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/10629085-brampton-man-charged-in-peel-regional-police-sex-trafficking-investigation-involving-underage-girl/

May 10th 2022 https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/rcmp-constable-charged-following-human-trafficking-investigation-north-of-toronto-1.5896502

May 10th 2022 https://globalnews.ca/news/8822723/hamilton-region-sex-trafficking-charges/

May 3rd 2022 https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news/crime/2022/05/03/man-wanted-on-human-trafficking-charges-arrested-in-niagara-falls.html

April 2022

April 27th 2022 https://torontopolice.on.ca/newsreleases/52894

April 22nd 2022 https://www.cambridgetoday.ca/police-beat/vaughan-woman-arrested-for-human-trafficking-after-fleeing-cambridge-hotel-5292947

April 14th 2022 https://london.ctvnews.ca/human-trafficking-arrests-in-st-thomas-ont-1.5862231

March 2022

March 31st 2022 – https://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/local-peterborough/news/crime/2022/03/31/human-trafficking-investigation-leads-to-arrest-of-24-year-old-peterborough-man.html

March 18th 2022 – https://www.cp24.com/news/toronto-police-arrest-and-charge-local-man-accused-of-human-trafficking-killing-animals-1.5825022

March 16th 2022 https://london.ctvnews.ca/three-southwestern-ontario-men-charged-during-woodstock-ont-human-trafficking-investigation-1.5821406

FEBRUARY 2022

February 25th 2022 https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/guelph-woman-charged-after-police-discover-alleged-sex-trade-at-local-apartment-1.5795896

February 11th 2022 https://www.durhamregion.com/news-story/10570908-quebec-man-busted-for-human-trafficking-in-whitby/

February 10th 2022 https://www.barrietoday.com/local-news/bradford-woman-pleads-guilty-in-human-trafficking-labour-case-5048733

February 4th 2022 https://london.ctvnews.ca/london-ont-man-accused-of-trying-to-obtain-sex-from-minor-1.5767743

February 1st 2022 https://london.ctvnews.ca/online-job-ad-leads-to-human-trafficking-related-charges-1.5763436

DECEMBER 2021

December 29th 2021 https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10546441-man-arrested-illegal-drugs-guns-seized-during-toronto-human-trafficking-investigation/

December 17th 2021 https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/five-charged-in-human-trafficking-investigation

December 15th 2021 https://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/six-people-facing-51-charges-in-human-trafficking-investigations-in-kingston-barrie-ont-1.5708772

December 10th 2021 https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/four-men-arrested-in-durham-human-trafficking-investigation

December 3rd 2021 https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/barrie-man-pleads-guilty-to-trafficking-young-teen-1.5691399

NOVEMBER 2021

November 20th 2021 https://lakesuperiornews.com/Public-Safety/Crime/alleged-human-trafficker-turns-herself-in

November 17th 2021 – https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/area-anti-lockdown-organizer-faces-human-trafficking-charges-involving-teen

November 17th 2021 – https://torontosun.com/news/crime/trio-arrested-in-durham-region-human-trafficking-probe

November 12th 2021 – https://globalnews.ca/news/8370148/toronto-area-human-trafficking-investigation/

November 9th 2021 – https://www.peelpolice.ca/Modules/News/index.aspx?feedId=d6aa0ab4-eb5f-4b5e-a251-0e833d984d68&newsId=cbd80f69-4f44-4180-96ea-3d111f64c4e4#

November 8th 2021 https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2021/11/08/former-toronto-cop-arrested-in-human-trafficking-probe-pleads-guilty-to-sex-charge.html

November 6th 2021 https://www.therecord.com/news/waterloo-region/2021/11/06/human-trafficking-charges-laid.html

OCTOBER 2021

October 26th 2021 https://oakvillenews.org/news/25-year-old-man-arrested-in-connection-with-a-human-traffi/

October 20th 2021 – https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/10/20/mississauga-man-charged-in-sex-trafficking-of-18-year-old/

October 6th 2021 – https://www.wrps.on.ca/en/news/the-joint-waterloo-guelph-human-trafficking-team-arrested-a-31-year-old-kitchener-male.aspx

September 2021

September 10th 2021 – https://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/10475011-18-month-human-trafficking-investigation-in-guelph-waterloo-london-ends-in-long-list-of-charges/

September 8th 2021 – https://windsorstar.com/news/local-news/defence-in-human-trafficking-trial-argues-teen-planned-for-sex-work-in-windsor

AUGUST 2021

August 26th 2021 https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/guelph-man-facing-human-trafficking-charges-1.5562948

August 26th 2021 https://www.eastmojo.com/world/2021/08/26/3-indian-origin-men-arrested-charged-with-human-trafficking-in-canada/

August 25th 2021 https://toronto.citynews.ca/2021/08/25/3-arrested-1-wanted-in-trafficking-of-minor-in-brampton/

August 13th 2021 https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ts/news/canada/2021/08/13/ten-people-facing-charges-in-human-trafficking-case-in-southern-alberta.html

August 12th https://www.dancehallmag.com/2021/08/17/news/dancehall-artist-trekar-charged-for-human-trafficking-in-canada.html

JULY 2021

July 30th 2021 – https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/brampton-man-charged-after-female-victim-recruited-trafficked-into-sex-trade-1.5529360

July 28th 2021 – https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/concerned-citizen-calls-police-saves-teen-from-human-trafficking-in-paris-ont-opp-1.5526516

July 27th 2021 – https://theturtleislandnews.com/index.php/2021/07/27/two-toronto-area-men-facing-human-trafficking-charges/

July 7th 2021 – https://www.chch.com/man-grabs-woman-attempts-to-force-her-into-vehicle-niagara-police/

JUNE 2021

June 24th 2021 – https://www.insauga.com/drps-charge-toronto-woman-with-human-trafficking

June 11th 2021 – https://www.guelphtoday.com/police/three-maryhill-residents-charged-in-human-trafficking-investigation-led-by-peterborough-police-3867249

June 11th 2021 – https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/local-niagara-falls/news/2021/06/10/police-make-arrest-in-niagara-falls-human-trafficking-investigation.html

June 7th 2021 – https://www.kitchenertoday.com/police-beat/kitchener-man-arrested-by-human-trafficking-team-3859650

June 4th 2021 – https://www.newmarkettoday.ca/police-beat/brampton-man-charged-with-with-human-trafficking-sexual-assault-in-york-region-3845859

June 4th 2021 – https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/140003

June 1st 2021 – https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/st-thomas-man-who-gave-music-lessons-charged-in-human-trafficking-probe

MAY 2021

May 21st 2021 https://www.mystratfordnow.com/83104/breaking-stratford-man-charged-in-human-trafficking-investigation/

May 19th 2021 https://torontosun.com/news/local-news/man-35-sought-for-downsview-stabbing

May 18th 2021 https://www.kitchenertoday.com/police-beat/waterloo-region-guelph-human-trafficking-team-arrests-toronto-area-man-3791238

May 13th 2021 https://northernontario.ctvnews.ca/sudbury-police-arrest-man-accused-of-trafficking-a-minor-1.5426265

May 12th 2021 https://www.kitchenertoday.com/police-beat/guelph-man-facing-additional-charges-as-a-result-of-human-trafficking-investigation-3773375

May 7th 2021 https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10389319-two-men-face-32-charges-in-toronto-human-trafficking-case/

May 6th 2021 https://globalnews.ca/news/7840140/toronto-police-human-trafficking-investigation/

May 4th 2021 https://www.toronto.com/news-story/10386873-toronto-woman-allegedly-used-deception-and-coercion-in-human-trafficking-case/

May 4th 2021 https://www.durhamradionews.com/archives/138069

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