Woman, 19, charged with human trafficking
TORONTO — A 19-year-old woman has been charged with forcing a 39-year-old woman to work in the sex trade after allegedly meeting her in the Hamilton area.
“She was put to work in various hotels in Toronto and Hamilton as an escort,” Toron- to police said in a press release Tuesday.
“She was assaulted, threatened and forced to provide sexual services.”
Police say the teenager met the 39-year-old in 2016 and encouraged her to work as an escort. Her pay was to go toward paying a debt owed to younger woman, police allege.
“The woman, 39, initially refused,” police said in a press release. “The woman, 19, was persistent and eventually coerced her into working in the sex-trade industry.”
The suspect then allegedly took photos of the victim and posted the images online advertising sexual services. The victim was allegedly forced to give all the money she received to the suspect.
The 39-year-old escaped and contacted police last Thursday. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect.
Clarissa Marie Anson, 19, of Toronto, was arrested Monday. She is facing 10 charges including procuring, human trafficking, assault, extortion, overcoming resistance by choking, and threatening bodily harm.
Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to contact police at 416-808-3104. Anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers at www.222tips.com or 416-222-8477.
Anyone affected by human trafficking is encouraged to contact police to gain access to support services and an exit strategy, even if victims don’t want to proceed criminally.
Clarissa Marie Anson, 19, of Toronto