Toronto girl, 16, arrested for allegedly recruiting, forcing youth into sex trade
A teenage girl and a 39-year-old man have been arrested after a 16-year-old girl was allegedly recruited and forced into the sex trade, Toronto police announced on Friday.
It is alleged a 16-year-old girl took the victim from Hamilton, Ont. to a hotel in Niagara Falls on Feb. 1 where she photographed her and posted the images on an online escort website.
Police say the accused forced the girl to have sex with multiple clients and all the money earned was turned over.
It is further alleged the girl then took the victim from Niagara Falls to Toronto on Feb. 19 to meet with another man.
Police say both of them provided drugs and alcohol to the victim, took more photographs of her and posted them on the internet advertising sexual services.
The victim was then forced to have sex with multiple clients and all the money earned was turned over yet again.
Police say the girl, who cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and man were arrested on Feb. 23.
The 16-year-old girl and man, identified as Courtney Rocker, have been charged with trafficking in persons under 18 years by recruiting, trafficking of a person under the age of 18 years exercising control, financial/material benefit resulting from trafficking person under 18, advertising another person’s sexual services and possession of a scheduled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Rocker was additionally charged with sexual assault and assault.
Police believe there may be more victims in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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