Nine people have been charged and another is sought in a national human trafficking ring that Toronto police allege saw gang members “romance” teen girls and women to lure them into prostitution.
Police say the victims are between 15 and 33 years old who come from (the provinces of) Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta. Toronto police Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins says they were recruited from dance clubs, group homes and schools, as well as online.
She says members of the Complex Grip Gangsters would “romance” (seduce) the victims by showering them with attention and gifts and then slowly manipulate the victims into thinking prostitution was glamorous and lucrative.”
The (Police) inspector says the victims would have between 10 and 15 clients per day and were beaten, if they didn’t bring in enough money.
The nine accused — six men and three women between the ages of…
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