A Toronto man was sentenced to five years in prison this Wednesday after he forced a 16-year-old girl into the sex trade. Henry Borrego, of Toronto, abducted his victim, who was in high school at the time, by offering her a ride to her friend’s house. Once the girl was inside his vehicle, Borrego refused to let her leave.
For the next 18 days, the girl was subjected to countless degrading acts. Borrego took his victim’s cellphone and proceeded to create and post ads for her sexual services. According to Crown Attorney Corie, Langdon Borrego demanded that the teen accept clients with unusual requests so he could increase her rates.
The girl was forced to service 11 clients during her 18 days in captivity, most of whom she interacted with in a downtown Toronto hotel. In total, Borrego made only $1,000 off the high school student who escaped his custody after emailing her boyfriend from a hotel computer.
Borrego emigrated from Chile when he was just five-years-old and was raised by his single mother. He is a career criminal with prior convictions of drug trafficking, assault, and robbery. He received his high school diploma in jail where he reportedly swore to become a law-abiding citizen.
“Mr. Borrego is very remorseful for his role and has been doing everything in his power to distance himself from the man he used to be,” explained his lawyer Gavin Holder to the Toronto Sun.
Borrego's actions have left his victim permanently scarred who claims that the experience has destroyed her innocence. “I was isolated from my friends and family, which gave me a feeling of depression like my soul was captured,” stated her victim-impact statement, which was read aloud in court.
Borrego pleaded guilty to his crimes back in March of 2016 he received credit for time served and has been behind bars since his arrest. At the moment, he has a little less than two years left of his sentence.