Durham Regional Police have arrested a man and a woman following a human trafficking investigation.

In October last year, police became aware of a sex trade advertisement featuring a 16-year-old female at a hotel in Whitby and officers started an investigation.

Police allege the suspects pimped the victim across Ontario.On Thursday, officers with the DRP Human Trafficking Unit arrested both suspects in Toronto.

They also executed a search warrant at a residence on Ann O’Reilly Rd. in Toronto and seized a motor vehicle, taser, cash, cocaine and methamphetamine, and offence-related property.

Larissa Forde, 19, and Jevaun Heslop, 24, both of Ann O’Reilly Rd. in Toronto are charged with advertising sexual services, obtaining sexual services for consideration from a person under 18, material benefit from sexual services provided by a person under the age of 18, trafficking in persons under 18 by exercising control, financial benefit trafficking a person under 18, procuring/ recruit a person under 18 to provide sexual services, permit a person under 18 on premisses for prohibited sexual activity, possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Heslop has also been charged with possession of child pornography and failing to comply with a release order.Police believe there may be more victims.

By Joseph Franklin

We blog about human trafficking and child porn cases. If you have any information on the situation please feel free to call the nation human trafficking hotline at 1-888-7888

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