On April 15, 2024, detectives from the Barrie Police Service Human Trafficking Unit commenced an investigation as a result of an independent sex trade worker who reported, that while at a local hotel, she was violently assaulted by an unknown male who arranged a visit with her through a texting application.

On April 19, 2024, a 29-year-old male was arrested in Melancthon, Ontario, and charged with Aggravated Assault and Assault by Choking. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a Criminal Code Search Warrant was executed at his property.

Members of the Barrie Police Service Human Trafficking Unit believe that there may be further victims who may have possibly had similar interactions with the man responsible for this incident.

If anyone recognizes the accused, and wishes to report an incident to police, please contact the Barrie Police Service Human Trafficking Unit at 705-725-7025, extensions 2170 or 2646.

The Barrie Police Service is committed to protecting independent sex trade workers, and those working in the sex trade that may be victims of human trafficking, by providing support and resources as required, and hold those who harm or mistreat sex trade workers criminally responsible for their actions.

Prepared by: Corporate Communications 


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