April 23, 2017

Ontario police arrest 100 men in child prostitution case

22 April 2017, 01:08 | Austin Hogan

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file

Police north of Toronto say more than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly "purchasing prostituted children". The officers posed as children between the ages of 13 and 16.

The project was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, police said.

Police declined to provide further details, saying more would be revealed at a Friday morning news conference.

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Out of the completed cases, 87 per cent of suspects (35 out of 40) either pleaded guilty or were found guilty in court. The Internet is different today than it was years ago. The average age a minor is introduced to the sex trade is under 15-years-old, Truong said.

The goal of the undercover operation was to reduce demand for child prostitution by putting the men who seek it out behind bars, according to police. "Getting them to trust me, getting them to tell us what has happened is challenging", he said.

Thai Truong said over the last three years York Regional Police officers developed personas as pimps and traffickers.

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