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2 men from Quebec arrested for human trafficking in Hamilton: police

Two women were, police say, forced to work in the sex trade industry.

Hamilton police say there may be other victims

Hamilton police are looking for a male suspect who stole a vehicle. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

Two men were arrested for human trafficking, police say, in the city's North End neighbourhood. 

The suspects, ages 21 and 22, are brothers from Quebec and are not believed to have been in the Hamilton area for long, Const. Jerome Stewart said. The brothers were arrested on Saturday around 4p.m. and face eight charges related to human trafficking. 

On the weekend, Hamilton police received information from the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline that there were two women in distress at a local Airbnb. Stewart said the women contacted the trafficking hotline from an Airbnb in the Ferguson Avenue North and Simcoe Street East area and said they were forced to work in the sex trade industry. 

Police attended the scene, identified the men and made arrests. The suspects do not own the Airbnb rental that the females were staying in. Both women were found and brought to safety. 

"The nature of the business that they're in, we believe potentially that there are other victims," said Stewart, adding that the investigation is ongoing. 

The 21-year-old has been charged with human trafficking for sexual services. The 22-year-old has been charged with human trafficking for a material benefit and sexual services, advertising for sexual services, utter threat to cause bodily harm and four counts of failing to comply with recognizance. 

Police are encouraging witnesses or other victims and survivors to step forward. Should you have any information, you can contact Detective Constable Mike MacSween at 905-546-3845 or Detective Constable Kudo Park at 905-540-6379 in the Human Trafficking Unit or the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

To provide tips anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit them online

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