Two people wanted by police in connection with a human trafficking investigation are in police custody.
Brian Mackenize, 22, turned himself in at 43 Division on June 7. He faces 13 charges, including trafficking of a person under the age of 18, possession of child pornography, forcible confinement and living on the avails of juvenile prostitution.
On June 8, Kamille Fraser was arrested by 41 Division officers during a routine traffic stop.
She has been charged with trafficking in persons under 18 by recruiting, material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons, procure to become a prostitute, living on avails of juvenile prostitution, exercise control and forcible confinement.
Warrants have been issued for 22-year-old Darren Letts and 19-year-old Jason Bartley.
“We are advising that they turn themselves into police because we are going to hunt them down,” said Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins. “They will be caught.”
One June 5, members of Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking investigators with assistance from the Gun and Gang Task Force, the ETF, TAVIS, 14, 43, 31 and 51 Divisions and Durham and Peel officers executed 11 search warrants during overnight raids.
They arrested Shanicka Providence, Tchello Whyte, Alexandra Abdellatif Alia, Anthony Talbert, Markus Cole and three young offenders who are facing 44 charges. Cole was released on bail on June 5 while the others made court appearances the following day.
The accused range in age from 17-25.
At a press conference at police headquarters on June 6, Beaven-Desjardins said the investigation started last year after 43 Division officers discovered what appeared to be an alarming trend of girls, varying in age from 14-17, being forced into prostitution.
She said Project Dove was launched on March 24, 2014, and the investigation turned over to the human trafficking and enforcement team and sex crimes, working in conjunction with 43 Division members.
“It’s alleged that the suspects involved in this investigation recruited these young girls, exploited them and forced them to work as prostitutes operating out of various hotel and motel locations across Toronto, Durham, Peel and Montreal,” said Beaven-Desjardins.
She believes more young girls were exploited and is appealing to the public for assistance.
“Family members will reach out to us, because a lot of times their children are missing,” she said.
“Once located and brought back to the family in a safe environment, they will feel comfortable to come and speak with us.
“…It takes a lot of courage for a victim to come forward. They have been entrenched within this type of lifestyle and for them to actually come forward and speak to us about it is very hard.”
Beaven-Desjardins said a quantity of money, along with a vehicle used in the commission of the offence and evidence that supports the charges, were seized during the raids.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sex Crimes investigators at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or Leave A Tip on Facebook.