The Durham Regional Police arrested four individuals who were looking for sexual services from 15-year-old females.
Members of the Human Trafficking Unit of Durham Regional Police Service made the arrests as part of an undercover initiative dubbed ” Project Firebird”.
The undercover project targeted ” Johns” who were looking for sexual services from 15-year-old females, the Durham Regional Police said in a statement.
Charges including Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration, and Luring a Person Under 18 years of age by Means of Telecommunication and Invitation to Sexual Touching Under 16 years of age, were laid against the detained individuals.
“The DRPS Human Trafficking Unit is committed to investigating incidents of exploitative and/or forced sex-trade work and is committed to helping all victims and connecting them with community resources to support them. The DRPS would like to appeal to any person who may be involved in a similar situation or may know someone involved to come forward. DRPS takes these cases seriously and will conduct a thorough investigation, as well as protect the victims of this crime,” the Durham Regional Police said in a statement.
Anyone with new information about this or other incidents, is asked to contact the Human Trafficking Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5600.