Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Toronto student 17, lured into sex trade by Henry Borrego-Salinas, 25, and Justin Ferguson, 26

TORONTO - A 17-year-old girl lured a student at a downtown all-girls Catholic high school into the sex trade, Toronto Police allege.

Investigators say a month-long human trafficking investigating revealed the victim attended St. Joseph’s College when she was “recruited” by a former student who introduced her to two men in March.

“The two men befriended the 16-year-old, telling her she could make a lot of money working for them,” Const. Victor Kwong alleged Tuesday. “Controlled through intimidation and threats, (she) was forced to work as a sex trade worker for them.”

He said the 17-year-old allegedly snapped photos of the younger girl in various states of undress and posted the images with an advertisement for sexual services on backpage.com.

Men allegedly took the victim to various Toronto hotels where she was “forced to have sex with clients,” Kwong said, adding any money earned was turned over to the two men.

Kwong alleged the men also sexually assaulted the girl while she was under their control.

The older girl, who can’t be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was arrested on Friday. She is charged with procuring a person under 18 years and advertising another person’s sexual services, as well as possessing, making child pornography and distributing child pornography.

Two men were arrested in the human trafficking case on April 21.

Henry Borrego-Salinas, 25, and Justin Ferguson, 26, each face seven charges.

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