Mississauga Teen Charged in Connection with Violent Human Trafficking Incident

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Two males, including a 17-year-old teenager from Mississauga, have been charged with human trafficking offences following an investigation by York Regional police.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, shortly after 11:00 p.m., police were called to a hotel on Applewood Crescent in Vaughan.

When officers arrived, they found a 19-year-old female victim who had been assaulted. Further investigation revealed that the victim was being held at the motel against her will for the purposes of prostitution.

Two male suspects were identified, but they had fled the property prior to the officers' arrival. According to York Regional police, officers attended a nearby motel in the Highway 7 West and Costa Road area and gained entry to the room the suspects were thought to be in. The males were not in the room, but were located in a taxi nearby and taken into custody.

A loaded semi-automatic handgun was seized during their arrest.

The men charged include 22-year-old Toronto man Adrian Scott and an unnamed 17-year-old teen from Mississauga. The teen was charged with 15 offenses, including assault, sexual assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm, careless use of a firearm and more.

Both suspects were held in custody and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Nov. 13, 2017 for a bail hearing.

Anyone with any information regarding this incident is asked to contact the York Regional Police Drugs and Vice Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7817, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

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