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Toronto man faces dozens of sex trafficking charges involving teen


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A 21-year-old Toronto man faces 33 charges related to a human trafficking investigation involving a teenage girl who was allegedly groomed on social media and flown to British Columbia

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The Anti-Human Trafficking Team and the CARE (Children At Risk of Exploitation) team opened an investigation on April 24, after it was alleged that a teenage girl from Ontario, after being treated on social media and flown to British Columbia, had been sex trafficked using a combination of deception, coercion and physical abuse. Police say the girl was trafficked to British Columbia and Ontario periodically between August 2021 and April 2022.

Toronto police say all money earned throughout the trafficking period was given to the accused.

Police arrested Andrew “Hot Boy Ryda” Pothiers-Grant in the Victoria Park Ave.-O’Connor Dr. area on Thursday. Cops seized a loaded firearm, a quantity of drugs and cash during the ‘arrest.

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Pothiers-Grant’s long list of charges includes: trafficking in persons under the age of 18 by recruitment, procuring a person under the age of 18 to provide sexual services for payment, assault by choking, assault, two two counts of trafficking in persons under 18 while exercising control, two counts of procuring/exerting control over persons under 18, two counts of financial/material advantage/human trafficking of under 18, material benefit from sexual services provided by persons under 18, advertising another person’s sexual services, two counts of producing child pornography, two counts of transmitting pornography juvenile, two counts of unlawful possession of child pornography, advertising another person’s sexual services, harassment by combination of prohibited behaviors, possession of a firearm ch firearm, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm knowing that it is restricted, unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a firearm without knowingly licensed, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, dangerous weapons, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a prohibited device knowing it is prohibited, possession of a Schedule I substance in purpose of trafficking (fentanyl), possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine), possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking trafficking (oxycodone), possession of proceeds of crime not exceeding $5,000.

Investigators believe there may be more victims and have released an image of the accused. Anyone with information can call the police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or visit www.222tips.com.


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