Canada police arrest 104 men in child prostitution dragnet

Canadian police have arrested 104 men in connection with a child prostitution ring in and around the Toronto area.

York Regional Police say the men attempted to purchase sex with an undercover officer, who posed as a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 online.

Police targeted men who searched for prostitutes online, but did not arrest men who were seeking sex with an adult.

In Canada, adults are allowed to sell sexual services, but it is illegal to buy sex.

“We stopped 104 men from purchasing 104 children,” Det Sgt Thai Truong said during a press conference on Friday.

The investigation, dubbed Project Raphael, lasted four years.

The goal of the undercover operation was to reduce demand for child prostitution by putting the men who seek it out behind bars, according to police. An undercover officer would engage with men looking to buy sex online, and then tell them that she was underage.

“Once they were told they were speaking with children, for the most part the men would stop,” PC Truong said.

During that time, officers were also able to rescue about 85 child victims. However, police say they were only able to arrest about half of the pimps in those cases because the girls were too afraid to participate in the investigation.

Many of the girls showed signs of physical abuse, PC Truong said.

PC Truong says that most victims of sex trafficking began prostitution at about the age of 14.

Of the 104 cases placed before the courts, 40 of the cases have been resolved, with 64 still before the courts. About a quarter of the accused plead guilty. Four went to trial and of those four, three were found guilty and one man was acquitted.

Five cases of the 104 were withdrawn.

In Canada, soliciting the sexual services of someone under 18 is a crime punishable by six months to 10 years in prison for first-time offenders. (BBC)

11 Responses to Canada police arrest 104 men in child prostitution dragnet

  1. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince April 22, 2017 at 8:24 am


  2. Alex Alleyne April 22, 2017 at 8:33 am

    “In Canada , adults are allowed to sell sexual services, but it is illegal to buy sex”.
    “In Canada, soliciting the sexual services of someone under 18 is a crime punishable by 6 months to 10 years in prison for first time offenders”.

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce April 22, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Lock them up for LIFE!

  4. Bajan April 22, 2017 at 8:45 am

    @Alex. I saw that too. It makes no sense whatsoever.

    • Jennifer April 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Once that UN beast legalizes child sex, all such crimes will become a thing of the past. Watch the age of sexual consent gradually drop. And all of their conformist will fall into that yoke boat, hook, line and sinker.

      • Richard Johnston April 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

        What makes you think the UN advocates lowering the age of consent anywhere?

        • Peter April 22, 2017 at 11:37 am

          Richard, Ignore her. she writes fraught. Children were and still to this day being sold in Africa, Asia and the Orient. Parents commit them in exchange for a dowry among other benefits. She obviously reads a lot but is not certified which means she doesn’t understand what she reads. She returned from England either as a deportee or a failed wanna be and blames whites for her downfall. She also belittle blacks who are well qualified and are successful. I’m looking forward to meeting her in London this coming Summer. I have a few meetings there one of them at the Barbican Center,

  5. Sandra Madea
    Sandra Madea April 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Shoot everyone of them in the head and save time and money.

  6. Sherwin Patterson
    Sherwin Patterson April 22, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Head shots

  7. JM April 22, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Peter I believe she is just very proud of her stupidity.

  8. louis walker April 22, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Peter,,can you give the time and date of your meeting at the Barbican this summer coming?


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