3 people face charges related to human trafficking in Niagara Falls, police say
Detectives believe there may be more victims
Niagara regional police have arrested and charged three people with kidnapping in relation to human trafficking.
In June 2020, detectives from the human trafficking unit, with assistance from the special victims unit and intelligence unit, started investigating human trafficking from a Niagara Falls home in the area of Buckeye Crescent and Kalar Road.
Detectives identified three suspects, says Niagara Regional Police Service. And on Friday, Oct. 16, they executed a warrant and arrested all three.
A 41-year-old woman from Niagara Falls faces two counts of kidnapping, one charge of trafficking persons by recruiting, and two counts of forcible confinement.
A 43-year-old Niagara Falls man was also arrested. He has been charged with sexual assault and two counts of kidnapping.
Another person from Niagara Falls, an 18-year-old, was arrested and charged with two counts of kidnapping and three counts of possessing a schedule one substance.
All three people are being held in custody pending a bail hearing, which is expected to take place on Oct.17 at the Robert. S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.
Detectives say they believe members of the public may have further information about the alleged offences. They also say that there may be more victims.
Police are asking anyone with information is to contact detectives at 905-688-4111, dial option 3, ext. 9457.