Whitby, Quebec City men charged in Toronto with human trafficking

David Brown

Toronto police have arrested two men in connection with a human trafficking investigation. Following that meeting, police allege that the men forced the victim to perform sexual services in multiple cities over a five-day period.

She told police the men threatened to kill her, took away her identification and refused to give her food or money.

A Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team investigation found that between December 31 and Jan 5 an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old woman both applied for an online job for a registered massage therapist.

The woman subsequently escaped from the men on October 6 and contacted authorities, police say.

Police arrested and charged Tshibangu "Yannick" Kazadi, 26, of Whitby, and Marc-Etienne Fortin, 25, of Quebec City, on Saturday, Jan. 6. He allegedly threatened the women to maintain control over them and sexually assaulted one of them.

"We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally", Toronto police said in a January 10 news release announcing the men's arrests.

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It is alleged the suspect made arrangements with clients at his apartment to have sex for money.

On Jan. 5, after a woman was assaulted during an attempt to escape, she managed to flee to police.

Later that day, 57-year-old David Brown was arrested.

He is facing numerous charges including assault, sexual assault, trafficking in persons by recruiting, material benefit from sexual services and uttering threats.

He will appear in College Park Court on Friday morning.

The suspects are known to frequent the Oshawa, Toronto, Burlington, Hamilton and Niagara Falls areas, according to police.

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