Brother and sister arrested in human trafficking investigation in Mississauga

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Police have made two arrests and seized a firearm in connection to an ongoing human trafficking investigation.

In early 2020, police say an investigation began into a 25 year old female victim who had been exploited within the sex trade in Mississauga and Toronto.

“Over several years, the suspect, Phillyp Kulwartian, exercised control over aspects of the victim's life and profited financially as a result,” said police.

“The suspect's sister, Donya Kulwartian, supported Phillyp's control by arranging locations for the victim to provide sexual services and subsequently derived a financial benefit.”

On Tuesday, October 6, officers executed search warrants within Mississauga and Toronto, reportedly recovering a 9mm handgun, ammunition, a conducted energy weapon, and various pieces of identification.

On the same day, 28 year old Mississauga man Phillyp Kulwartian and 23 year old Toronto woman Donya Kulwartian were arrested.

Phillyp Kulwartian is charged with:

  • Exercising Control Over a Sex Trade Worker
  • Deriving Benefit from Sexual Services
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon
  • Possession of Identity Documents
  • Possession of Counterfeit Documents

Donya Kulwartian is charged with:

  • Deriving Benefit from Sexual Services
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Loaded Restricted Firearm

Both appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on Wednesday, October 7 for a bail hearing.

Investigators believe there may be more victims or witnesses, and are asking anyone with information to contact the Human Trafficking and Vice Unit at 905-453-2121, ext. 3555.

Photos: Peel Police handout

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