After a local man has been charged with a slue of human trafficking and sexual exploitation related charges recently, there is growing knowledge that this type of crime is not isolated in big cities. In fact, it is known that the traffickers tend to move victims around – particularly through the 401 and 400 highway corridors.
An Oro-Medonte man is facing more human trafficking charges after additional victims got in touch with police. Since the arrest of Isaac “Ike” Crooks two weeks ago, the OPP say they have been able to identify two more victims. At a news conference on Tuesday, police announced that the 58-year-old has been charged with two more counts of trafficking a person, sexual assault, obtain sexual service for consideration and material benefit for trafficking of a person.
A frightening statistic is that the average age of a young person lured and forced into the sex trade by a trafficker is 13 years old. In order to help raise awareness about this terrible crime among service providers in the region, the Child, Youth and Family Services Coalition of Simcoe County has organized an education day. The event will take place on June 1, 2017 at Liberty North in Barrie, Ontario.
Those interested in attending should review the Event Poster and visit the registration page to get tickets: