Tuesday, November 10, 2015

York police arrest 22 men in underage prostitution sting

In the span of four days, York Regional Police say an investigation found 22 men who were willing to have sex with an underage sex worker.

The men were from across the Greater Toronto Area and ranged in age from 18 to 54. They were husbands, fathers and sons – men, according to York Regional Police Det. Sgt. Peter Casey, “from any walk of life.”

“The initiative was focusing on seeking out johns that were seeking the services of sex-trade workers under the age of 18 – juveniles,” Casey said Monday. “These are girls in our mind.”

Police say vice officers posted online classified ads pretending to be sex workers. When they were contacted by potential clients, the clients were allegedly told the sex worker was 16 years old, Casey said.

“Between 80- to 90-per cent of those we had conversation with, once they learned they were speaking with an alleged 16-year-old, didn’t follow through any further,” Casey said. “The 10-plus per cent that did follow through with the transaction and showed up knew exactly what they were doing.”  (more...)

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