Halton police arrest man in Toronto wanted for human trafficking offences

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Published August 19, 2022 at 12:08 pm

A victim who was trafficked in Halton led local police to make an arrest of a Toronto man yesterday, Aug. 18.

The investigation was initiated in June and, as a result, investigators developed grounds to arrest and charge 29-year-old Andre Davis from Etobicoke.

According to a Halton police spokesperson, “this victim was trafficked in Halton and Human Trafficking knows no jurisdictional boundaries and involves the movement and transport of victims across the province and country.

“The main transportation corridors of the QEW and 401 make the region of Halton and like regions across southern Ontario a hotbed for this abhorrent crime. Human Trafficking investigations often involve the close collaboration of police services all across the GTA, working together to save victims and apprehend traffickers.”

During the initial search warrant execution, the suspect, also known as “Dre” or “Dre Stax”, fled on foot before being caught by Toronto police.

A secondary apartment connected to the suspect was identified during this incident. This apartment was later searched pursuant to warrant by Halton Police investigators. Evidence was secured that will assist in furthering the human trafficking investigation.

“This investigation is another example of our Human Trafficking Unit’s commitment to reducing trafficking networks and facilitating safety among victims and survivors,” said Halton Deputy Chief Jeff Hill.

“This is achieved with the collaboration of our police partners and non-government agencies. The Halton Regional Police will be relentless in our pursuit to apprehend those who perpetuate this heinous crime.”

Andre Davis has been charged with numerous offences, including trafficking in persons, material benefit resulting from sexual services, procuring, procuring and trafficking of a person under 18, assault, uttering threats, and failure to comply with probation order.

He has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police believe there are additional victims in regards to this investigation and are asking anyone who has come into contact with Andre DAVIS or has information to contact the Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 4674.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at the website.

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