Brantford police charge two with human trafficking

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A Toronto man and a Brantford woman face several human trafficking charges after Brantford police officers investigated an ad for sexual services at a motel

On Monday in the early morning hours, community patrol offices arrived at a motel on Colborne Street and spoke to two young women. The officers learned the girls are 14 and 16 years old and found evidence they are victims of human trafficking, meaning they were forced to work in the sex trade.

The officers removed from the girls from control of their traffickers. Officers from the Brantford Police Service’s child abuse and sexual assault unit and the major crimes unit began an investigation.

The investigators learned the victims, both from Hamilton, had been recruited and controlled to provide sexual services for money. When people paid cash for sexual services, the money was taken by the accused man and woman.

Same Tedros Alemu, 20, of Toronto is charged with human trafficking under 18, receiving material benefit under 18, deriving material benefit under 18, procuring under 18, advertising sexual services and three counts of disobeying a court order

Deja Denique Clarke, 18, of Brantford is charged with human trafficking under 18, receiving material benefit under 18, deriving material benefit under 18, procuring under 18, advertising sexual services and proceeds of Crime

Both accused were held in custody for a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or if you are a victim or believe you may know of a victim, contact Detective John Allan of the Brantford Police Service child abuse and sexual assault unit at 519-756-0113, ext. 2264.

Call 9-1-1 emergency if anyone is in immediate danger or in an emergency situation. Anyone needing victim services can call Victim Services of Brant at 519-752-3140 or visit www.victimservicesbrant.on.ca.

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