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Operation Northern Spotlight leads to 25 arrests

(Postmedia Network file photo)

(Postmedia Network file photo)

Police have laid numerous charges as part of Operation Northern Spotlight, a national investigation to suppress human trafficking.

Members of 36 police forces – including those in Barrie, Midland and Rama - have investigated people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

Co-ordinated investigations during a six-day period have led to charges against 25 people with 67 offences.

Police were also able to ensure the safety of 16 people who had been working in the sex trade, as minors or against their will.

A total of 207 police officers and support staff were involved with 199 people and offered them information and contacts with community-based support agencies.

Locally, Barrie police made contact with seven victims - providing them with information, support and resources necessary to break free from human trafficking, an initiative driven by the victim-contact approach of the police service.

No arrests or charges were laid in Barrie, said city police.

The charges include trafficking in persons under 18, trafficking in persons, procuring sexual services under 18, procure sexual services, receiving material benefit under 18, receiving material benefit, communicating for the purpose of obtaining for consideration the sexual services of a person, exercising control, making child pornography, distributing child pornography, possessing child pornography, child luring, advertising another person’s sexual services, assault, obstructing police, resisting arrest, weapons dangerous, drug offences and failing to comply with court orders and conditions, including breaches of recognizance and probation.

Additional police services and several RCMP municipal detachments across Canada also participate in Operation Northern Spotlight.



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