A man from Huntsville is charged after police were notified of an individual allegedly asking vulnerable women in Orillia to provide sexual services.
On May 4, the OPP was notified of a complaint of a male party allegedly approaching vulnerable women in Orillia to provide sexual services in exchange for money.
Section 286.1(1) of the Criminal Code makes it illegal to pay for or communicate with intent to pay anyone for sexual services. Providing sexual services independently free of exploitation is not illegal under Canadian law.
Tony Orr, 58, of Huntsville is charged with communicating with anyone for the purpose of obtaining sexual services as well as fraud under $5,000.
The suspect was release on a Form 10 Undertaking and set to appear next on August 18, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice, Orillia.
Police say sexually exploitative human trafficking happens in every community in Ontario; traffickers use manipulation and coercion to recruit individuals often youth or marginalized populations in society.
“Human Trafficking is a profit motivated crime the consumers of sexual services provide the motivation for the sexual exploitation of vulnerable persons in our society. The Ontario Provincial Police is committed to investigating Human Trafficking Offences across the Province of Ontario,” says Detective Sergeant Andrew Taylor of the OPP Anti Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team.
In the Orillia area, victims of human trafficking can contact North Simcoe Victim Services at 1-705-325-5578, the Huronia Transition Home; who helps victims of human trafficking at 1-833-999-9211 or the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122.