26yo Man charged in human trafficking case involving woman

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A 26-year-old man is facing more than a dozen charges after he allegedly forced a woman into the sex trade and threatened her family if she didn’t continue.

According to police, a man convinced a 21-year-old woman to provide sexual services for money in several locations around the GTA.

Police allege the woman was assaulted, threatened and forced to take various illicit narcotics throughout this time. When she refused the drugs, the woman said the man threatened to inject her with the substances.

The woman told police she did not want to work in the sex trade and contacted them when the suspect began to threaten members of her family.

Police said the woman had visible injuries when she came to them with the allegations.

On Monday, officers with several departments of the Toronto Police Service located a suspect. In conjunction with the Peel Regional Police Tactical Unit, officers executed a search warrant shortly after and made an arrest in connection with the investigation.

A suspect identified as Matthew Maxwell, of no fixed address, was charged with 20 charges including trafficking by recruiting, extortion, forcible confinement, assault with a weapon, assault and choking to overcome resistance or render unconscious.

He was scheduled to make an appearance in court on Aug. 16.

Police said they are concerned there may be more victims and urge anyone with information about the investigation to come forward and contact the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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