Police lay 47 charges in human trafficking investigation

Published December 18, 2020 at 10:58 am

Earlier this year, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – Human Trafficking Unit became aware of a male party who was recruiting young females as well as exploiting them into the sex trade.

Police say through investigation, it was determined that the offences were occurring all across southern Ontario with the majority of incidents in the Halton Region.

According to police, on December 17, 2020, the male responsible for these offences was arrested by HRPS officers in Toronto.

Jermaine Neverson, 34, of Toronto has been charged with 47 offences.

The offences include trafficking in persons (4 counts), procuring – exercise control (4  counts), knowingly advertise sexual services (4 counts), receive material benefit from sexual services (3 counts), receive material benefit from trafficking in persons (3 counts), withhold or destroy identity/documents (2 counts), assault (8 counts), forcible confinement (3 counts), sexual assault (5 counts), assault with a weapon (2 counts), uttering threats (3 counts), assault cause bodily harm, killing or injuring animals, aggravated assault, mischief under $5000 (2 counts) and procuring – provide sexual services for consideration.

Police say the accused has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police believe there may be additional victims in regards to this investigation and are asking anyone who has come into contact with Neverson or has information to contact Detective Dan Ciardullo of the Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 4973.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Victims of violence and/or sexual assault and witnesses are encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service. The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in the region for victims of violence and/or sexual assault:

  • Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777 ext. 5239 or by email at [email protected]
  • Nina’s Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)
  • Radius Child & Youth Services 905-825-3242 (Oakville) or 1-855-744-9001
  • Kid’s Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis line)
  • THRIVE Counselling 905-845-3811 or 905-637-5256

Signs / Indicators of Human Trafficking

  • Not being allowed to speak for themselves;
  • Not having control of their own money or cellphone;
  • Suddenly having a new or second cell phone with a secret number;
  • Being controlled by others and escorted at all times;
  • Not being allowed to contact family or friends;
  • Withdrawing from family and friends;
  • Providing rehearsed answers to casual questions;
  • Being secretive about their activities;
  • Showing signs of abuse, such as bruising, cigarette burns, fractures, etc.
  • Having a new boyfriend, girlfriend or friend who they won’t introduce to friends/family; and
  • Having new items (clothing, jewelry etc.) outside their financial means.

If there is immediate danger or if you suspect someone is being trafficked, call 9-1-1 or call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

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