The Supreme Court of Canada has dismissed the appeals of four men convicted of child sex offences, all of whom cited entrapment as grounds for dismissing their cases.
Temitope Dare, Erhard Haniffa, Muhammad Jaffer and Cory Ramelson were among more than 100 people arrested by York Regional Police in 2017, as part of a multi-year child sex trafficking investigation.
The investigation, titled “Project Raphaël”, began in 2014 and targeted people looking online for sex with children. Undercover police posed as underage sex workers on a website called backpage.com. The survey was the first of its kind in Ontario.
The four men appealed their case to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2021 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in the spring of 2022. Today’s judgment was unanimous by all nine justices.