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Man posed as talent agent to lure girls into prostitution, Ottawa police say

An Ottawa man has been charged with human trafficking and child luring after allegedly contacting girls on social media and posing as a talent agent.

Cameron Lyons, 37, charged with human trafficking and child luring

Police are asking anyone contacted on social media by a person using the names Joe Howorth, Steve DeBone or VIP Entertainment to contact the human trafficking unit of the Ottawa police. (CBC)

An Ottawa man has been charged with human trafficking and child luring after allegedly contacting girls on social media and posing as a talent agent.

Cameron Lyons, 37, of Ottawa is facing three counts of trafficking in persons under 18, three counts of child luring and two counts of procuring a person to provide sexual services under 18.

According to police, Lyons initiated conversations over Facebook with three girls, two 14-year-olds and one 16-year-old, by posing as a talent agent for a fake company.
Police say Cameron Lyons used various aliases, including Joe Howorth and Steve DeBone, on social media. (Facebook)

Police said the online conversations would turn from modeling to providing sexual services for money at parties and events. The first victim came forward to police in 2015 and an investigation was started.

Investigators believe other girls may have been contacted over the last several years by the suspect.

They are asking anyone contacted by a person on social media using the names Joe Howorth, Steve DeBone or VIP Entertainment to contact the human trafficking unit of Ottawa police.

Accused was volunteer equipment manager with Gee Gee's

The University of Ottawa confirmed Lyons was a volunteer equipment manager with the Gee Gee's football team since 1998.

The university has suspended him pending the outcome of the criminal charges, according to spokesperson Isabelle Mailloux.

He is currently being held for a bail hearing and remains in custody.