Man faces 16 charges in Human Trafficking investigation,
Marlon Downey, 26,
Broadcast time: 15:00
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Unit: Sex Crimes
Case #: 2020-808270
The Toronto Police Service Human Trafficking Enforcement Team has laid 16 charges against a Brampton man.
In April 2020 and July 2020, investigations commenced into two separate human trafficking occurrences.
On Wednesday, November 25, 2020, Marlon Downey, 26, of Brampton, was arrested. He has been charged with:
2. Exercising Control
3. Trafficking in persons by recruiting, transporting, and harbouring
4. Material Benefit from Sexual Services
5. Utter threat of bodily harm
6. Financial and Material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons
7. Theft Over $5000
8. Trafficking in Persons Exercise Control
10. Threaten Death
11. Criminal Harassment
12. Unlawfully in a Dwelling
13. Possession of Cocaine
14. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine
15. Possession of Fentynal
16. Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Fentynal
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Friday, November 27, 2020 at 10 a.m.
His photograph has been released.
Police are concerned there may be more victims and are appealing to the public to come forward with any new information pertaining to this man.
Police would like to encourage all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police. We want to make sure that everyone has access to support services and an exit strategy, regardless of their decision to proceed criminally.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes or Google Play.
Human Trafficking means every person who recruits, transports, transfers, receives, holds, conceals or harbours a person, or exercises control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labour purpose. Victims can be men, women or children; can be Canadian citizens; and can be moved across local, provincial or national borders. They can be coerced through violence or the threat of violence against family and friends. The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team of Sex Crimes is dedicated to investigating these crimes against vulnerable members of society. For more information, please visit the Sex Crimes website.
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Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Scott Taylor, Sex Crimes- Human Trafficking Enforcement Team for Detective Sergeant Dave Correa, Sex Crimes
Above: Marlon Downey, 26, arrested in Human Trafficking Investigation.