Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Akeil Purcell 27, and Shanika Spaulding 24 of Toronto Charged With Forcing Teen Into Prostitution, Black Lives Matter
According to Toronto police, a 16 year old girl met a man at a party in August of 2015.
He told her that he would take care of her and that she could come live with him and his female roommate.
The suspect then took photographs of the girl in various stages of undress and uploaded them to a website advertising sexual services.
It’s further alleged that he then took her to and from various hotels in the GTA and forced her to hand over all her earnings to him.
Investigators say she was forced to work almost every night and that the money she earned was used by the suspects to pay for their car insurance, rent and food for their family.
It’s said that he became physically abusive towards the victim and threatened that he would kill her if she ever left him.
Police were contacted on May 29th when the teen ended up in hospital following an assault carried out by both the male and female suspect.
Both were arrested on Wednesday and are now facing 13 charges between them.
27 year old Akeil Purcell is facing a number of trafficking, child pornography and assault charges, while 24 year old Shanika Spaulding is charged with assault and material benefit from sexual services (under 18).
Police are concerned that there may be other victims and are encouraging all affected individuals to come forward and report Human Trafficking occurrences to police.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
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