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4 men charged after 2 girls allegedly forced into the sex trade

Last Updated Feb 12, 2018 at 1:54 pm EST

Dane Cato-Simpson, 22, and Jahdine Desir, 19, charged in human trafficking investigation, Feb. 12, 2018. HANDOUT/ Toronto Police Service

Four men have been charged in connection with a human trafficking investigation.

Toronto police say two girls, aged 15 and 16, were forced to work in the sex trade over a four-day period.

It’s alleged that one of the victims, who is from Toronto, was contacted and coerced via social media. The other girl was allegedly recruited outside the city and brought back to Toronto.

Police said that over the four-day period, the girls were forced into the sex trade and then forced to turn over their money to the men.

Investigators were alerted to the incident by the family of one of the girls.

The four suspects — Jahdine Desir, 19, Dane Cato-Simpson, 22, Tahje Tucker, 18, and Sukhminder Lota, 45 — were arrested and now face a total of 31 charges.

Dane Cato-Simpson, 22, and Jahdine Desir, 19, charged in human trafficking investigation, Feb. 12, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
Dane Cato-Simpson, 22, and Jahdine Desir, 19, charged in human trafficking investigation, Feb. 12, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

 

Tahje Tucker, 18, and Sukhminder Lota, 45, charged in human trafficking investigation, Feb. 12, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service
Tahje Tucker, 18, and Sukhminder Lota, 45, charged in human trafficking investigation, Feb. 12, 2018. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

 

Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report human trafficking occurrences to police.