A 33-year-old Kitchener man has been sentenced to six years in person after being found guilty of 14 charges, including human trafficking involving a youth.
Christian Crosdale was sentenced by a judge in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on December 12 after being found guilty in October. He had been arrested in April 2017 after York Regional Police (YRP) began an investigation into a youth victim forced into the sex trade.
“We are hopeful that this significant prison sentence reminds 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’s Special Victims Unit – Human Trafficking Team is continuing “aggressive efforts” in combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls.
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 more information should call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6800, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.