Police looking for more victims of alleged sex-trafficking ring
BARRIE -- Toronto Police believe there are victims in the Orillia/Barrie area of a sex-trafficking ring that was busted in downtown Toronto.
That's according to Det.-Sgt. Nunzio Tramontozzi, in charge of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team in the Toronto Police Sex Crime Unit.
After learning that Natasha Robitaille, 18, formerly of Orillia, and Sage Finestone, 21, and Nicholas Faria, 19, both of Toronto, were arrested and each face 10 human-trafficking related charges connected to a first victim, a second victim has come forward, Tramontozzi said.
He said like the first victim -- who was discovered Feb. 27 confined to a hotel room at Bay and Dundas Streets following a noise complaint -- the second is female and under the age of 18.
The experience of the second victim was similar to that of the first victim, who was allegedly invited to the hotel by the accused, forced to provide sexual services as described in an online ad and then turn over the money, Tramontozzi said.
In connection with the first victim, Robitaille, Finestone and Faria are each charged with: forcible confinement, trafficking a person by recruiting, exercising control trafficking a person under the age of 18, benefiting materially from trafficking a person, benefiting materially/financially from trafficking a person under the age of 18, benefiting materially from sexual services, benefiting materially from sexual services provided by a person under the age of 18, procuring/exercising control, procuring/recruiting a person under the age of 18 and advertising another person's sexual services.
Tramontozzi said the second victim was able to get away from the accused, but didn't contact police immediately after.
"When we put out our press release, she got the courage to call. We were able to speak with her," he said.
As a result, Tramontozzi said Robitaille is now facing five more charges. They include: procuring a person under the age of 18, trafficking a person under the age of 18, benefiting materially, benefiting materially from sexual services provided by a person under the age of 18 and exercising control.
Finestone and Faria are now each facing four more charges. They include: trafficking a person under the age of 18, benefiting materially, benefiting materially from sexual services provided by a person under the age of 18 and exercising control.
Robitaille appears to be the one bringing girls into the trafficking ring, Tramontozzi said.
Tramontozzi said at this point it's unclear how long the trafficking ring has been running or how Robitaille has been involved in it.
OPP are now assisting Toronto Police in the investigation, which is ongoing, he said.
Robitaille, Finestone and Faria were all in bail court Monday. It was put over until Wednesday, which is when they're expected to find out if they'll be released or held in custody until their preliminary hearing.