3/16/2017 7:29:26 AM

A joint investigation between Kingston police and Port Hope police ended with an arrest of an 18 year-old Quinte West man. According to police, he was recruiting young Kingston girls as escorts. The investigation began in February after officials suspected the accused of human trafficking. Officers say he had been sending messages to two 16 year-old Kingston girls that were synonymous with recruiting females to become escorts. The messages included promises of a new life with lots of money, shopping trips, clothing, dinners, alcohol and marijuana; provided they follow his business plan. On Sunday, one of the girls ran away from home with him, but a short time later she was able to contact her mother saying she wanted to get away from him. Detectives learned she was being held at a Port Hope address and police immediately attended the residence and located the girl. The accused was not home at the time but officer re-attended later that day and arrested him. He's charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement, two counts of procuring persons under 18 for sexual services, and two counts of breach recognizance.

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