(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Police Service has made an arrest following a lengthy investigation into allegations surrounding forced human trafficking in Thunder Bay.
Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning by video from the TBPS station is 35-year-old Timothy Perreault. Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Pasloski and a duty counsel lawyer.
Perreault is facing the following criminal charges:
- Exercise control over a person for a sexual purpose. (Similar to kidnapping)
- Financial benefit from human trafficking activities.
- Withhold identification documents.
- Administer a noxious substance.
Perreault was denied bail today and is scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay courtroom on Monday to begin the process of answering to the allegations laid against him. Sources indicate that a second person involved in this incident may still be at large in the community.
Forced human trafficking has been an ongoing issue in Thunder Bay and the region. Women will often loan drugs from drug dealers and once they are in debt beyond what they can mange, they are essentially forced into the sex trade to pay back their debts.
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