Six arrested after Halton police sting targets those seeking underage sexual services


Published May 9, 2022 at 3:45 pm

A Halton police sting has seen at least six people arrested after seeking sexual services from females under the age of 18.

Last week, members of the Halton Regional Police Service Human Trafficking Unit commenced Project Embark, the goal of which was to identify and arrest offenders seeking sexual services from females under the age of 18.

During the investigation, several suspects arranged meetings for sexual services despite being advised that they were communicating with a female who was only 16 years of age.

As a result of the project six accused were arrested and charged with communicating for the purpose of obtaining for consideration the sexual services of a person under the age of 18.

Police will not be releasing names of the accused due to what they call the ongoing nature of the investigation.

“The HRPS Human Trafficking Strategy mirrors our National and Provincial strategies in that it takes an enhanced approach,” said an HRPS spokesperson.

“The Service will continue to utilize proactive and preventative measures such as Project Embark to identify and prosecute those that would engage in the predatory victimization of our most vulnerable.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 5331.

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

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