A commercial sex trade organization was dismantled on July 14, 2020 by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team, the Canadian Border Services Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and 12 Ontario police services.
Seven people have been charged with 32 criminal offences during the joint investigation, named Project Crediton, OPP officials allege.
The people charged are from Markham, East Gwillimbury, Georgina and Scarborough.
This commercial sex trade organization, rotated victims around apartments in Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia and Sudbury providing sexual services to clients responding to online advertisements.
During the search warrants, police restrained four properties and four vehicles. The victims were all provided support through victim services agencies, OPP officials say.
“The OPP would like to thank the combined effort of our policing partners, Canadian Border Services Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and victim service agencies for their ongoing support in this investigation,” OPP officials said in a press release.
“Police partners involved include: Belleville Police Service, Durham Police Service, Greater Sudbury Police Service, Halton Police Service, Hamilton Police Service, Kingston Police Service, London Police Service, Ottawa Police Service, Peterborough Police Service, Sarnia Police Service, Waterloo Police Service and York Regional Police Service.”
If you have information related to the investigation, contact your local police, the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at p3tips.com.