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3 men charged in alleged human trafficking ring spanning from London to Kingston

Three men have been charged following an investigation into an alleged multi-city human trafficking ring. File/Global News

Kingston police say three men have been charged in an investigation into an alleged human trafficking ring spanning from London to Kingston.

In late September, officers say the men brought three females to a motel in Kingston. They say a witness became concerned with the safety of the girls after seeing the men interacting with them. That witness called police.

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An investigation was launched after police learned the men had allegedly recruited a 14-year-old Hamilton girl in July of 2017 with promises of a lavish lifestyle.

It’s alleged the girl and two young women, an 18-year-old from St. Catharines and a 20-year-old from the Woodstock area were prostituted at hotels in London, Mississauga, Toronto, Guelph and Peterborough. Officers say the girls were controlled through intimidation and financial dependence as the men kept the money and only doled out small increments.

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An 18-year-old Brampton man and two Mississauga men — aged 18 and 20 — are facing multiple charges.

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All three have been charged jointly with procuring a minor, two counts of procuring, trafficking a minor, two counts of trafficking persons, advertising sexual services, material benefit trafficking a minor, and material benefit trafficking persons.

The 18-year-old Brampton man was additionally charged with criminal harassment by threatening conduct, kidnapping, sexual interference, and sexual assault, while the 18-year-old Mississauga man was additionally charged with three counts of breach recognizance.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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