A newly formed police coalition to fight human trafficking has resulted in a combined 51 charges for six people.

The Provincial Intelligence-led Joint Forces Strategy Against Human Trafficking (IJFS) launched Wednesday and includes representation from 21 law enforcement services from across Ontario.

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The 21 participating law enforcement agencies include Anishinabek, Awkwesasne, Barrie, Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Niagara, OPP, Ottawa, Peel, Peterborough, Six Nations, Greater Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Treaty Three, Waterloo, Windsor and York.

One of the investigations involved Kingston Police, who investigated the sexual assault and trafficking of a woman in Toronto, Montreal and Edmonton over a period spanning from December 2019 to January 2020.


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OPP’s anti-trafficking unit and OPP’s criminal investigation branch assisted in the investigation, which identified other potential victims living in Ontario and Quebec.

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This investigation resulted in the arrest of four people, while investigations by the Barrie Police Service captured two more.

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