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Police arrest over 100 men in child prostitution sting

Police arrest over 100 men in child prostitution sting”

An apparent huge child sex ring has been broken up with arrest of more than 100 men in York Region.

Detective Sergeant Thai Truong, spokesperson for York Regional Police, said undercover officers were able to find men who wanted to purchase sex by putting online ads, which was part of Project Raphael.

"We stopped 104 men from purchasing 104 children", Det.

He said child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Canada.

Investigators say the average age of entry into the sex trade is about 15 years old.

Over the last four years, an Ontario police force has tried to curb the practice of men paying for sex with underage girls by having undercover officers pose as child prostitutes online.

Police said dismantling child prostitution rings was always hard: young people pressed into prostitution sometimes live in fear and are not always willing to denounce their pimps. This attracted the attention of men of different ages and from all walks of life. "Guess you need some sleep you probably have school today", the man allegedly wrote back.

Truong further pointed out that every efforts are being made by the members of the Human Trafficking Team for combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls.

In a press release on Thursday, police said they have completed a multi-year operation that resulted in a large number of arrests.

Of the 104 arrests, 32 of the suspects had pleaded guilty with sentences ranging from three to seven months. "When they showed up at that hotel room, that is what they expected to do, they didn't expect to see a police officer on the other side.in my mind it's a really serious criminal offence".



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