A man wanted in connection with human trafficking and juvenile prostitution offences has been arrested in Scarborough.
Darren Letts, 21, is implicated in the Project Dove investigation, launched on March 24 after 43 Division officers discovered what appeared to be an alarming trend of girls, varying in age from 14-17, being forced into prostitution.
Detective Constable Peter Brady said Letts was arrested by 43 Division officers after a brief foot pursuit on July 2.
“We had some information about his whereabouts that led officers to a residence where he was located,” said Brady. “He took off on foot but was arrested without incident a short time later.”
Letts faces seven charges in connection with Project Dove. They range from trafficking of a person under 18 and exercise control to sexual assault and interference.
He also faces eight charges in relation to this arrest. They include disobeying a court order, carrying a concealed weapon, illegal substance possession and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crimes.
He made a court appearance on these charges on July 3.
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 Persons 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.
Police are still searching for 19-year-old Jason Bartley, for whom an arrest warrant was issued last month.
“We are advising Mr. Bartley to seek legal counsel and turn himself over to police,” said Brady.
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.