Hamilton police arrest Kitchener man on a dozen human trafficking charges

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Published April 5, 2023 at 7:32 pm

COURTESY HAMILTON POLICE SERVICE
COURTESY HAMILTON POLICE SERVICE

A Kitchener man has been arrested on a dozen charges related to a Hamilton human trafficking investigation.

According to Hamilton Police, they launched an investigation into the suspect earlier this week. The investigators believed the man was involved in “recruitment, transportation, harbouring and/ or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person in order to exploit that person, typically through sexual exploitation or forced labour.”

They arrested the suspect, a 32-year-old Kitchener man, on Apr. 5. The suspect’s name is being withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

The suspect faces 12 charges including human trafficking, pointing a firearm, taking a material benefit from sex trafficking, aggravated sexual assault, uttering threats, assault and forcible confinement among others.

“In many cases, victims are reluctant to come forward and report human trafficking due to manipulation, fear, threats from traffickers, shame, language barriers, mistrust of authorities or they may not even realize that they are victims of human trafficking,” police said.

Anyone being trafficked or who knows of someone being trafficked can call Hamilton Police at 905-546-4925 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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