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article image'Rescue Innocence' saves people at risk of human trafficking

By KJ Mullins     Apr 27, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - Peel Regional Police's “Rescue Innocence” two month effort has resulted in several arrests and the protection of persons at risk of human trafficking.
During February and March 2011 investigators rescued several potential victims of human trafficking. The police have also arrested suspects and laid human trafficking-related and firearm charges.
Raynard Bell, 28, of Toronto, Tori-Lynn McGruthers, 18, of no fixed address, Pawel Michon, 42, of Mississauga, Gregory Salmon, 28, of Brampton, Juteah Downey, 33, of Kanata, Rebekah Bloomfield, 23, of Ottawa, Bethuel Maseruka, 34, of Ottawa and Brian Wright, 27, of Toronto were charged as a result of Project Rescue Innocence. Charges ranged from possession of a prohibited weapon, assault of a police officer, human trafficking and exercising control.
Peel Regional Police would like to emphasize:
"If you commit the offence of Human Trafficking in Peel, our officers will find and arrest you. If you are a consumer of this type of service, be aware of the hazards associated with this lifestyle. Besides the possibility of being arrested and charged, you could be robbed, assaulted or killed by individuals in this trade. If you are a victim of Human Trafficking, contact us or your local police agency. We are here to help you."
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