Halton police make arrest in human trafficking investigation
The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest in a human trafficking investigation.
According to police, following a brief investigation, 29-year-old Gavin Reid of Brampton was arrested on March 20, 2021, in Barrie.
Police say Reid has been charged with trafficking in persons, procuring – provide sexual services for consideration, knowingly advertise sexual services, withhold or destroy identity/documents, receive material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons, receive material benefit resulting from sexual services, forcible confinement and aggravated assault.
According to police, the accused also goes by the alias of “Blaze.”
Police say the survivor in this investigation was trafficked within Halton and surrounding jurisdictions.
The HRPS would like to thank the Barrie Police Service for their assistance and collaboration in this investigation.
“This investigation reminds us all of the prevalence of human trafficking in southern Ontario. This is an abhorrent crime that knows no jurisdictional boundaries. If you are a survivor of forced prostitution or forced labour or believe someone else might be, or if you know individuals involved in trafficking in persons, call the Halton Regional Police Service, Crime Stoppers or the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline,” says Inspector Dave Costantini of the HRPS Human Trafficking Unit.
Police believe there are additional victims in regards to this investigation and are asking anyone who has come into contact with Gavin Reid or has information to contact the Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5331.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising