Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

by Ben Pena April 23, 2017, 2:13
Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

York Regional Police will release more details Friday on a child sex trafficking investigation that resulted in the arrest of more than 100 men accused of "purchasing prostituted children".

The men charged range in age from 18 to 71 years old, police said, adding that 19 men believed they were buying sex from a 13- or 14-year-old girl.

Police will also provide information on how the investigation was launched and ongoing efforts to combat child sex trafficking.

Truong said there were no actual child victims in the police investigation that took place over four years.

Of the hundreds of men who had responded to the infiltrators' advertisements, most stopped contacting them when they discovered that they appeared to be in contact with underage girls.

Detective Sergeant Thai Truong of the human trafficking team said no girls were injured in the operation of online sexual services for girls aged 13-16.

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Truong said child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Canada and that the average age of entry into the human trafficking sex trade is about 15 years old.

"All of the men that were arrested were arrested for essentially attempting to purchase prostituted children".

Since 2012, Truong said 85 girls have been recovered from the sex trade in York Region since 2012.

Police said they used this method because it is very hard to get real prostitutes and pimps to cooperate with them and to testify against those buying underage sex.

Numerous girls showed signs of physical abuse, PC Truong said. "Young lives are irreparably damaged, some completely destroyed and some lost completely".

Const. Andy Pattenden credited investigators for their work.


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