The Toronto Police Service is in search of a fourth man in connection to a human trafficking investigation. According to police reports, a 17-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted and forced into the sex trade by four Toronto locals; three men and one woman.
Based on the statements made in a Toronto police news release, a 17-year-old girl met with two men in the Yonge-and-Dundas area on Sunday, December 30th of 2018. After befriending the victim, the two men offered her drugs and alcohol.
She was then taken against her will to the Hamilton, Ontario region, where both men sexually assaulted her. She was then introduced to a third man, who also sexually assaulted her. Reports describe the victim then meeting a fourth man, who ultimately forced her into the sex trade.
According to the police report, the men photographed the 17-year-old girl undressing, and posted the images on Leolist.com, where they advertised her sexual services. One man also video recorded the girl being sexually assaulted.
The men instructed the girl to provide sexual services to customers and the men and took charge of all of the girl's communication with customers via text messages and phone calls. All of the money "earned" by the 17-year-old was handed over to the men.
Over a four-day period, the men forced the girl to ingest large volumes of drugs. The men also deprived her of food and sleep, and continuously physically assaulted her.
On January 2nd, the girl was returned to Toronto, accompanied by one of the men. The next day, she escaped and contacted police, where Toronto Police Services' Human Trafficking Enforcement Team took over. At the end of January, officers arrested two of the men, and a Criminal Code search warrant was executed in Hamilton.
As indicated by a press release by Toronto Police Services, Charlton Sealy, 35, of no fixed address, is charged with: 1. Sexual Assault 2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting Control 3. Financial/Material Benefit Trafficking Persons Under 18 years 4. Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided by Person Under 18 years 5. Make Child Pornography 6. Possession of a Schedule I Substance 7. Possession of Child Pornography 8. Assault 9. Advertising Another Person's Sexual Services
Shabaka Reid, 36, of Hamilton, is charged with: 1. Sexual Assault 2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting 3. Make Child Pornography 4. Financial/Material Benefit Person Under 18 years 5. Possession of a Schedule I Substance 6. Possession of Child Pornography On Thursday, January 31, both men appeared in court at Old City Hall.
By Friday, February 15, the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team had identified and charged Deanna Passera, 27, of no fixed address with:1. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Exercising Control 2. Financial/Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years 3. Publish Child Pornography 4. Possess Child Pornography 5. Make Child Pornography 6. Procuring - Person Under 18 years 7. Procuring/Exercise Control 8. Advertising Another Person’s Sexual Services She also appeared in court at Old City Hall, on Saturday, February 16.
Police continue to search for one man in this investigation, identified as Troy Thornhill, 37, of Toronto. Upon his arrest, he will be charged with: 1. Sexual Assault 2. Trafficking in Persons Under 18 years by Recruiting Control 3. Financial/Material Benefit Trafficking Persons Under 18 years 4. Material Benefit from Sexual Services Provided by Person Under 18 years 5. Make Child Pornography 6. Possession of a Schedule I Substance CDSA 7. Possession of Child Pornography 8. Assault 9. Advertising another Person's Sexual Services
READ ALSO: Toronto-Area Tattoo Artist Charged With Multiple Counts Of Sexual AssaultPolice believe there may be more victims, and encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking incidents. Police define a Human Trafficker as any person "who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose."