Nine nabbed in nationwide sex trade sting: Police

Nine nabbed in nationwide sex trade sting: Police

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Nine people have been charged with 33 offences in the nationwide Operation Northern Spotlight investigation into human trafficking, police say.

Last week, officers met with people suspected of working in the sex trade either as minors or against their will.

Police say they were able to save 18 people, including a 12-year-old.

In total, 257 people were interviewed, 255 of whom were women.

Charges against the accused include making and distributing child porn, forcible confinement, living off the avails of prostitution, uttering threats, assault and obstructing police.

The investigation involved 26 police services, including officers from several Ontario detachments, Regina, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Halifax and Quebec City.

In January, a similar operation saw police interview 330 sex trade workers about the conditions under which they worked. That resulted in eight people being charged nationwide, including a 22-year-old woman accused of pimping a 15-year-old girl out of a Burlington, Ontario hotel.

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