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Peel Regional Police to Reveal Details of Sweeping Human Trafficking Investigation and Rescued Victims

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Tomorrow morning (May 11), Peel Regional Police will disclose details of a comprehensive human trafficking investigation that led to the rescue of multiple victims from their alleged captors. The press conference will take place at 10 a.m. at Peel Regional Police headquarters in Mississauga. Project Pacific, conducted by Peel’s Specialized Enforcement Bureau Vice Unit in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, has resulted in the laying of numerous charges and the seizure of drugs and property.

Human trafficking has emerged as a growing concern in various parts of Canada, particularly in Mississauga and Brampton in recent years. The proximity of these cities to major transportation hubs makes the area vulnerable to sex trafficking activities. Approximately 62 percent of Canadian human trafficking cases originate in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) due to easy access to major highways and Pearson Airport.

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In 2022, the Region of Peel approved a $2.1 million plan to combat human trafficking, aiming to protect potential victims and bring the perpetrators of this criminal activity to justice. Peel officials and police emphasize the profound impact of human sex trafficking on the lives of numerous individuals, predominantly women, who endure long-lasting trauma. The average age of victims ranges from 12 to 24 years, and Ontario alone accounts for over 70 percent of reported cases in the country.

Earlier this year, an Ontario-wide enforcement initiative, initiated in late 2021, led to numerous arrests and charges by early 2023.

If you are a victim or survivor of human sex trafficking or forced labor, or if you have information about someone in such a situation, please contact the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

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