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Toronto police charge 3 men after human trafficking investigation

Last Updated Mar 29, 2018 at 9:21 pm EST

Left to right: Deion Cuvilie, 21,Kristos Shepherd, 19, Kareemallah Muhammad, 22, were arrested in relation to a human trafficking investigation. HANDOUT/Toronto Police

Toronto police say they have charged three men following a human trafficking investigation.

Police allege a man coerced an 18-year-old woman into the sex trade in November 2017 with threats against her and her family, then sexually assaulted her numerous times, using a gun to intimidate her.

Officers say the woman was eventually able to escape and contact police.

Following an investigation, two men were arrested and face 23 charges between them.

Deion Cuvilie, 21, from Brampton is facing 18 charges, including sexual assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, sexual assault with a weapon, procuring a person to provide sexual services, unauthorized possession of a firearm and forcible confinement.

Nineteen-year-old Kristos Shepherd also from Brampton faces five gun possession-related charges in connection with the same investigation.

During the execution of search warrants officers seized a loaded Norenco 308 long-barreled rifle and a quantity of crack cocaine. A grey, 2016 Nissan Maxima was also seized.

Police say that while investigating the 18-year-old woman’s case, they found that a 17-year-old girl had also been forcibly confined and sexually assaulted on November 23 by an associate of the 21-year-old Brampton man.

Officers say that associate, 18-year-old  Kareemallah Muhammad from Toronto, has been charged with assault, sexual assault, forcible confinement and failure to comply with probation.