Ontario men charged with human trafficking after string of incidents at hotels

Durham Regional Police cruiser.
Durham Regional Police cruiser. File / Durham Regional Police

WHITBY, Ont. – Ontario provincial police have charged two men with human trafficking offences in the Toronto area.

Officers say the pair were arrested after a series of incidents at hotels in the Durham region in October.

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They say more charges are expected to be laid as the investigation unfolds.

Police have released few details, citing a court-imposed publication ban on the case.

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Artem Sterekhov, 19, of Kleinburg, Ont., and Roman Culeanu, 22, of Bradford, Ont., are charged with trafficking in persons, advertising sexual services, uttering threats, extortion and procuring.

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Investigators have asked anyone with information related to the case to contact the OPP’s Highway Services Division Crime Unit.