Kingston Police make more arrests in ongoing human trafficking case

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Subsequent to a March 15 Kingston Police media release regarding the arrest of an 18-year-old Quinte West man for human trafficking, a third 16-year-old victim has been identified.

Police say an on-going investigation has revealed the third victim was taken to a Port Hope address where she was sexually assaulted by the 18-year-old man and a 42-year-old Cobourg man.

On May 6, the 42-year-old man was located at an address in Cobourg. He was picked up by Kingston Police and transported to police headquarters, where he was held to attend a bail hearing. He was charged with sexual assault, administer noxious thing (cocaine), and forcible confinement.

On May 10, the 18-year-old man, while still in custody for the original incident, was advised of additional charges including sexual assault and choking

Three other persons have also been charged in relation to this investigation.

Kingston Police say a 17-year-old Trenton youth attempted to interfere with the investigation by urging the victim to alter evidence. A 16-year-old youth and a 43-year-old woman, both from Belleville, threatened the victim through social media messages.

On May 5, Kingston Police located and arrested all three accused persons in Belleville. They were transported to Kingston Police headquarters. The two youths were held for bail, while the adult woman was released with a future court date.

The 17-year-old has been charged with two counts of harassment by threatening conduct and obstruct justice. The 16-year-old youth and 43-year-old woman have both been charged with harassment by threatening conduct.

This investigation is continuing and Kingston Police ask anyone who might have information to contact Sergeant Brooker at 613-549-4660 ext. 6175, or by email at bbrooker@kpf.ca