Eleven suspects have been arrested following a two-week investigation into human trafficking in Durham Region and Peterborough.
Dubbed ‘Project Chestermere,’ the undercover iniative ran in partnership with the Peterborough Police Service and the OPP and targeted ‘johns’ who were looking for sexual services from 16-year-olds.
Eleven men were arrested and Investigators have laid 45 criminal charges including sexual exploitation; obtaining sexual services for consideration; luring a child
One of the suspects was also charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine).
“The DRPS Human Trafficking Unit is committed to investigating incidents of exploitative and/or forced sex-trade work and is committed to helping all victims and connecting them with community resources to support them. The DRPS would like to appeal to any person who may be involved in a similar situation or may know someone involved to come forward. DRPS takes these cases seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, as well as protect the victims of this crime,” reads a media release.
“The Human Trafficking Unit would like to thank everyone who assisted with this initiative.”
Anyone with new information about this incident is to contact A/Det. Davies of the Human Trafficking Unit at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5603.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.