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CHARGES LAID IN HUMAN TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION

Posted on Tuesday April 10, 2018

 

Investigators with the York Regional Police Human Trafficking Team have charged a 21-year-old man in connection with a human trafficking investigation.  

On Wednesday April 4, 2018, at approximately 9:35 a.m., police were called to a hotel in the area of Highway 7 and Highway 400 in the City of Vaughan for reports that a female victim had been assaulted. When officers arrived at the scene they discovered that the female was a victim of human trafficking and had been assaulted by her suspected pimp. She was taken to hospital for her injuries. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival.

On April 5, 2018, the accused was arrested and charged with several offences related to human trafficking. 

Investigators are releasing a photo of the accused and are encouraging any additional victims to come forward.

 

CHARGED:

  • Omar MORCHAD, 21, City of Toronto
  • Alias names: Odeezy, Ali, O-Dog

CHARGES:

  • Trafficking in Persons
  • Assault Causing Bodily Harm x3
  • Forcible Confinement x4
  • Material Benefit – Trafficking
  • Material Benefit- Sexual Services
  • Uttering Threats x3
  • Criminal Harassment 
  • Theft Under $5000
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x4

The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on April 10, 2018.

York Regional Police is committed to combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls. In many cases, women and young girls involved in prostitution are forced into the sex trade through violence, threats of violence, coercion and trickery. York Regional Police considers these women and girls to be victims of crime and we are committed to investigating all incidents relating to human trafficking and providing assistance to victims. Investigators are willing to speak with anyone involved in the sex trade who may be looking for a way out or who may require assistance to escape these dangerous circumstances.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about this matter is asked to contact the York Regional Police Human Trafficking Team at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6800 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com