Woman, 19, charged with hu­man traf­fick­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - NORTH YORK MIR­ROR

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

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