A 19-year-old Hamilton man is facing nine charges in connection with a human-trafficking investigation.
Hamilton police say officers received information in December of last year about a man who had allegedly coerced a young woman into the sex trade with drugs.
Police identified the suspect and issued a warrant for his arrest. On Saturday, police say officers located the suspect at an east-end Hamilton residence and brought him into custody.
Alex La, 19, of Hamilton, has been charged with the following offences:
- trafficking in persons
- trafficking in persons for material benefit
- procuring for sexual services
- advertising sexual services
- two counts of pointing a firearm
- two counts of failure to comply with a youth sentence
Investigators believe there may be other victims or individuals who have information involving this case.
Police are encouraging potential victims and those with information to call Det. Const. Kudo Park of Hamilton police’s human-trafficking unit at 905-540-6379 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online to submit information anonymously.
If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, you’re encouraged to reach out to a resource centre that can provide victim assistance, including SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton & Area), SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services) of Halton, or the Niagara Sexual Assault Centre.