South Asians in Brampton charged in youth human trafficking investigation

ONTARIO’S Peel Regional Police investigators from the Specialized Enforcement Bureau have arrested and charged three Brampton men and are searching for a fourth suspect in relation to a human trafficking investigation involving a youth victim under 18 years old in the Region of Peel.

On Saturday, August 21, officers commenced an investigation into allegations that a female under 18 years old had been held against her will, violently assaulted numerous times and was being trafficked within the sex trade. The victim was transported to a local hospital with serious, non-life-threatening injuries.

On the same day, police attended a residence in the area of Bovaird Drive West and Creditview Road in the City of Brampton and arrested and charged three men.

Harkuwar Singh

Amritpal Singh, a 23-year-old man, and Harkuwar Singh, a 22-year-old man, both from Brampton, were each charged with:

1)      Procuring persons under 18 years
2)      Trafficking in persons under the age of 18
3)      Receiving benefit resulting from trafficking in persons
4)      Exercise control
5)      Material benefit from sexual services provided by persons under 18 years
6)      Advertising sexual services
7)      Forcible confinement
8)      Aggravated assault

Sukhmanpreet Singh, a 23-year-old man from Brampton, was charged with:

1)      Forcible confinement
2)      Aggravated assault

All three men were held for a bail hearing and appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice on Sunday, August 22.

A fourth male suspect is being sought in relation to this investigation and his identity remains unknown at this time. He is described as South Asian, 6 feet, 200 lbs, short dark hair with a black beard.

Sukhmanpreet Singh

Investigators from the Specialized Enforcement Bureau believe there may be more human trafficking victims and/or witnesses to this investigation and are urging anyone with information in relation to this investigation or the unknown suspect to contact them at 905 453-2121, extension 3555.Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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