Guelph man charged in human trafficking investigation

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Waterloo Regional Police say a 22-year-old Guelph man has been arrested in connection with a human trafficking investigation.

The man was arrested on Monday and charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration.

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Police said the charge stems from an incident in Guelph late last year when a man allegedly solicited sexual services for money.

Police said the victim has been provided with a safety plan and community resources by a counsellor from Victim Services.

In early November, the police services announced the formation of the joint anti-human trafficking team, which was intended to provide wraparound service to victims and survivors.

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The initiative brings together Waterloo police, Guelph police, Victim Services of Waterloo and Guelph/Wellington, and the Waterloo Region Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre.

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The team is made up of two investigators from Waterloo Regional Police, one investigator with Guelph police and a counsellor from Victim Services.

Anyone with information concerning potential human trafficking victims is encouraged to contact the joint Waterloo-Guelph Human Trafficking team at 226-808-7890 or leave an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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