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Woman facing list of charges in human trafficking case
Joshua Freeman, CP24.com
Published Monday, December 2, 2019 8:34PM EST
A Toronto woman is facing a slew of charges following a six-month-long human trafficking investigation, police in Durham Region say.
The investigation began in July when a 16-year-old girl told police that she had been recruited through Snapchat and then pressed into the sex trade, Durham Regional Police said in a news release.
The girl was forced to work in locations throughout Ontario, police said.
One suspect has now been taken into custody following the execution of a search warrant in Toronto, police said Monday.
Szilvia Balog, 20, has been charged with obtaining sexual services for consideration under 18, trafficking in persons under 18, financial/material benefit of trafficking person under 18, material benefit from sexual services, procuring person under 18, advertising sexual services, sexual exploitation of a young person, unlawfully possess child pornography, robbery, pointing a firearm, uttering threats and administer noxious thing.
She was held pending a bail hearing.
Police said they believe there are three other suspects who are still outstanding and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with further information is being asked to contact investigators.