Two men and a teenaged girl are alleged to have forced a 13-year-old girl into the sex trade after meeting her on social media.
It’s alleged that the victim met a 17-year-old accused on Facebook. Having common friends enabled the accused to create a false friendship and lure the victim away from her home.
“The female gained the victim’s confidence, telling her they could work together and make a lot of money along with her boyfriend,” said Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins, at a news conference at police headquarters on November 20. “During this conversation, the victim advised the accused female that she was only 13 years old, but the female didn’t care.”
After being told to go to a residence, the victim was introduced to a man.
“When at his home address in the city, the victim was introduced to a third accused,” said Beaven-Desjardins. “She was told she would be taken to Niagara Falls to provide sexual services to prospective clients.”
The victim’s refusal fell on deaf ears.
“She was advised it was no longer her choice and was threatened with physical violence if she didn’t follow directions,” Beaven-Desjardins said.
The three accused took the victim to Niagara Falls, where they rented rooms to conduct their sex-trade business. Kahmal Paris, one of the accused, and the female accused’s boyfriend, allegedly sexually assaulted the young girl on three different occasions during the three days they spent in Niagara Falls.
The victim was brought back to Toronto via Guelph and forced to provide sexual services to clients in hotels and private residences in Toronto and Brampton. She was also forced to turn over the money she made to the accused.
After being beaten by a man on November 9, the victim, fearing for her life, snuck out of his home and alerted a citizen who called police.
A search warrant was executed at Paris’ residence and the three accused were located and arrested.
“A quantity of items was seized at the residence that allegedly corroborates the abuse of the victim,” said Beaven-Desjardins.
Paris, 22, is facing human trafficking and sexual assault of a minor charges while 19-year-old Alico Allen has been charged with human trafficking and procuring and exercising control.
The 17-year-old girl, who was wanted on an outstanding robbery charge and failing to comply in 41 Division, was charged with trafficking a minor.
Beaven-Desjardins said this is a very distributing investigation.
“If there wasn’t a demand for sex with a child, then there would not be a need to force our children into the sex trade for monetary gains,” she pointed out. “The purchasers of this type of service are as much to blame as the predators.”
She said parents can protect their children by being aware of who they are associating with online, noting that strangers can approach their children in social media spheres.
Beaven-Desjardins is appealing to members of the public with knowledge of this type of crime to contact police at (416) 808-7474, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.