Charges in hu­man traf­fick­ing probe

The Peterborough Examiner - - NEWS - EX­AM­INER STAFF

A 22-year-old city man and his teenage girl­friend face charges af­ter a hu­man traf­fick­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion that be­gan late last month.

That’s when in­ves­ti­ga­tors learned two peo­ple had co­erced an­other lo­cal teenage girl they knew into cre­at­ing an ad for sex­ual pur­poses and then hav­ing dates with other men, ex­chang­ing sex­ual ser­vices for money, city po­lice said.

The ac­tiv­i­ties took place be­tween July and Au­gust and the money made by the vic­tim was turned over to the co-ac­cused, po­lice said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors found a male sus­pect had made and dis­trib­uted a video with sex­ual images of him­self and his girl­friend to sev­eral peo­ple.

War­rants were is­sued and the male and fe­male were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day.

The 22-year-old man was charged with traf­fick­ing in per­sons un­der 18, procur­ing somenone un­der 18, ma­te­rial ben­e­fits from sex­ual ser­vices from some­one un­der 18, mak­ing, print­ing, pub­lish­ing or pos­sess­ing for the pur­pose of pub­li­ca­tion child pornog­ra­phy, pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, im­port­ing, dis­tribut­ing, sell­ing or pos­sess­ing for the pur­pose of dis­tri­bu­tion or sale any child pornog­ra­phy and fail to com­ply with the con­di­tions of an un­der­tak­ing.

An 18-year-old woman was charged with traf­fick­ing in per­sons un­der 18, procur­ing un­der 18 and ma­te­rial ben­e­fits from sex­ual ser­vices of some­one un­der 18.

The co-ac­cused were to ap­pear in court Thurs­day.

Be­cause the ac­cused man is in a do­mes­tic re­la­tion­ship with the ac­cused woman, whom is also a vic­tim and a young per­son in the case, city po­lice did not re­lease the name of the co-ac­cused to pro­tect the iden­tity of the woman and to com­ply with the Youth Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act, po­lice said.

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