Girl, 15, rescued; man faces child luring charges
York Regional Police say they rescued a 15-year-old girl after stopping a vehicle driven Thursday driven by a Vaughan man who now faces charges relating to juvenile prostitution.
Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, police stopped a vehicle near Keele Street and Highway 407 for an expired validation sticker.
During the traffic stop, police discovered a 15-year-old girl in the back seat of the car who is not related to the driver.
"The investigation revealed that the accused had allegedly just lured the girl to a nearby motel and had engaged in sexual activity with her for the promise of money," says a York police press release.
Police say the two had just recently left the hotel when police stopped the car.
The victim was taken to a hospital to be assessed and was reunited with her family, according to police.
Americo Magana, 31 of Vaughan was arrested and charged with:
- Sexual Assault.
- Invitation to Sexual Touching.
- Sexual Interference.
- Luring a Child.
- Luring a Child for Prostitution.
- Obtain the Sexual Services of a Person Under 18.
- Procuring to Have Illicit Sexual Intercourse.
- Procuring to Become a Prostitute.
Police released the photo of the accused and believe there may be other victims. He appeared in court Friday and next scheduled court appearance is Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Drugs and Vice Unit at 1-866-876-5423,