An Ottawa man is one of 10 people facing human trafficking charges after York Regional Police completed a two-month series of investigations aimed at protecting women from being sexually exploited and forced into prostitution. 

Yasin Mohamud, 25, of Ottawa faces charges of human trafficking, procuring to have illicit sexual intercourse and two other prostitution-related charges, as well as trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purposes of trafficking, and two charges of failure to comply with recognizance.

The charges against Mohamud were revealed during a York Regional Police news conference at their headquarters in the Town of Aurora, Ont..

Mohamud's next court appearance is Feb. 21.

Also charged during the investigation were:

  • Anthony Putzu, 21, Philip Nkrumah, 28, Jeremiah Washington, 22, of Brampton, Ont.
  • Ako Sandy, 21, Rohan Webster, 20, and Mohamed Wehelie, 28, of Toronto.
  • Abdirahman Hussein, 27, of Calgary.
  • Lucas Gabrys, 24, of London, Ont.
  • Jeremy Swaby, 21, of Mississauga.