Brampton trio charged after sex trafficking investigation, fourth suspect sought

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Published August 25, 2021 at 9:07 pm

Suspects Amritpal Singh (left), Harkuwar Singh and Sukhmanpreet Singh. (Peel Police handout photos.)

Three Brampton man have been charged, and a fourth suspect is being sought in relation to a human trafficking investigation involving a teenage girl.

Peel Regional Police says their specialized enforcement bureau made the arrests after beginning an investigation last Saturday (Aug. 21) into allegations that a female under 18 years old had been held against her will. There were additional allegations that she was assaulted numerous times and was being trafficked within the sex trade. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

Later that day, three men were arrested at a residence in the area of Bovaird Drive West and Creditview Road in Brampton.

Amritpal Singh,23, and Harkuwar Singh, 22, each face eight counts. Those include procuring persons under 18 years of age; trafficking in persons under the age of 18; receiving benefit resulting from trafficking in persons; exercising control; material benefit from sexual services provided by persons under 18 years; advertising sexual services; forcible confinement; and, aggravated assault.

Sukhmanpreet Singh, 23, of Brampton, is charged with forcible confinement; and aggravated assault.

All three men were held for a bail hearing and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice on Aug. 22.

A fourth male suspect is being sought in relation to this investigation. He is described as South Asian, six feet and 200 pounds, with short dark hair and a black beard.

Investigators from PRP’s specialized enforcement bureau believe there may be more human trafficking victims and/or witnesses to this investigation and are urging anyone with information in relation to this investigation or the unknown suspect to contact them at 905 453-2121, ext. 3555.

Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

 

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