YORK REGIONAL POLICE
A 44-year-old man from Brampton has been found guilty of several offences in connection with a human-trafficking-related investigation.
On Nov. 2, 2018, in the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket, a jury found Courtney Salmon guilty of the offences of human trafficking, material benefit from human trafficking, exercise direction and control, and material benefit from sexual services.
Mr. Salmon will be appearing before the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket on Jan. 25, 2019 for a sentencing hearing.
The accused was arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, after an investigation that began in June 2016 into a victim who had been 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.“ said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “We want to encourage anyone who has been a victim to reach out to us for help”.
Members of the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit - Human Trafficking Team are continuing their aggressive efforts in combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls. In many cases, victims are forced into the sex trade through violence, threats of violence, coercion and trickery.
York Regional Police is committed to investigating all incidents relating to human trafficking and providing assistance to victims. Investigators are willing to 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 further information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit - Human Trafficking Team at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7817, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS,or leave an anonymous tip online.