Numerous Charges Laid In Ongoing Human Trafficking Operation

Charges include Trafficking in Persons under 18, Make Child Pornography

More than 30 police services – including Barrie, Midland, Rama, York and OPP – have charged 25 more people with 67 offences as Operation Northern Spotlight continues. The arrests were made over a six-day period. During the course of this stage of the investigation police say they were able to ensure he safety of 16 people who had been working in the sex trade as a minor or against their will. The Barrie Police Service were able to make contact with seven victims. Charges include Trafficking in Persons under 18, Procure Sexual Services under 18, Procure Sexual Services, Receive Material Benefit under 18, Make Child Pornography, Distribute Child Pornography, Possess Child Pornography, Child Luring, Advertise Another Person’s Sexual Services, Assault, Obstruct Police, Resist Arrest, Weapons Dangerous, various Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) and Failure to Comply with Court Orders and Conditions including Breaches of Recognizance and Probation. Seventeen additional police services and several RCMP municipal detachments across Canada also participated in Operation Northern Spotlight.