Brampton man guilty of human trafficking

A Brampton man has been found guilty of human trafficking and other charges related to an investigation that began after a victim told police she had been forced to work in the sex trade.

A jury also found Courtney Salmon, 44, guilty of material benefit from human trafficking, exercise direction and control, and material benefit from sexual services in a Newmarket court on November 2, York Regional Police report.

He will be sentenced in Newmarket on January 25. He was arrested in September 2016, two months after YRP heard from a victim who reported being forced to work in the sex trade from November 2015 to April 2016.

“We are hopeful that a finding of guilt in an investigation like this one reminds victims of human trafficking that our trained investigators work tirelessly to ensure that criminals who seek to victimize vulnerable members of our community are held accountable for their actions,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a statement. “We want to encourage anyone who has been a victim to reach out to us for help.”

In many cases, victims are forced into the sex trade through violence, threats of violence, coercion and trickery, YRP reports. Investigators will speak with anyone involved in the sex trade who may be looking for a way out or who may require assistance to escape these dangerous circumstances.

Anyone with additional information should contact the Special Victims Unit – Human Trafficking Team at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7817, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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