Police dismantle sex-trade organization in PTBO and other Ontario cities

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The Ontario Provincial Police, working with 12 other police services in the province, have broken up a commercial sex trade organization with ties to Peterborough, among other Ontario cities.

In all, seven people are facing 32 charges as part of the operation, dubbed Project Crediton.

"This commercial sex trade organization rotated victims around apartments in Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Kitchener, London, Oshawa, Peterborough, Sarnia and Sudbury providing sexual services to clients responding to online advertisements," the OPP said in a news release Friday

"During the search warrants, police restrained four properties and four vehicles. The victims were all provided support through victim services agencies."

The arrests were made July 14 by the OPP's Anti-Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team, as part of a joint investigation with the Canadian Border Services Agency, Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and 12 Ontario police services.

Police services involved in the investigation include Greater Sudbury, Belleville, Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Kingston, London, Ottawa, Peterborough, Sarnia, Waterloo and York Regional.

"If you have information related to the investigation, contact your local police, the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or report anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or access their website at p3tips.com," the release said.