Human trafficking probe leads to 4 arrests in Stratford
Published Tuesday, October 18, 2016 12:18PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:24PM EDT
Twenty-five people were arrested as part of an investigation into human trafficking that encompassed dozens of communities across Ontario and some places in other provinces.
According to the OPP, the 25 people were arrested over a recent six-day period and face a total of 67 charges.
The investigation looked at “people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will,” police said. It involved the work of more than 200 police officers from 36 agencies, including police in Waterloo Region, Guelph, Brantford and Stratford.
Stratford Police said that four people were arrested in that city, on charges including obstructing police, resisting arrest and drug offences.
Waterloo Regional Police said their role involved speaking to seven people and determining that none of them could be considered victims of human trafficking.
Brantford Police said they likewise spoke to eight people working in the sex trade, and offered them "valuable information regarding their personal safety and supports for their future lifestyle decisions."