Man, 16-year-old girl charged after teen forced into sex trade: Toronto police
Courtney Rocker, 39, is shown in this Toronto Police Service handout.
Published Friday, February 26, 2016 7:56AM EST
A 39-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl have been charged with human trafficking after a teen was recruited into the sex trade earlier this month, Toronto police say.
Sex crimes investigators said in a statement Friday that on Feb. 1, a 16-year-old girl was forced into the sex trade by another 16-year-old girl.
Police allege that the victim was taken from Hamilton, Ont. to a hotel in Niagara Falls. Once there, police say the teen perpetrator rented a hotel room, took photos of the victim and posted them on an Internet escort website that advertises sexual services. Police say the victim was forced to have sex with multiple clients and turn over all money to the girl.
Investigators allege that more than two weeks later, on Feb. 19, the female perpetrator took the victim to Toronto and introduced her to a man.
“The man and girl controlled the victim with drugs and alcohol,” police allege. The victim was allegedly taken to a hotel and forced to have sex with multiple clients while turning over money to both perpetrators.
Police also allege that the man assaulted and sexually assaulted the victim.
Courtney Rocker, 39, of Toronto, and a 16-year-old Toronto girl were arrested on Feb. 23. They have both been charged with trafficking of a person under the age of 18 years while exercising control, financial/material benefit resulting from trafficking a person under 18, advertising another person’s sexual services, and possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Rocker is facing additional charges of sexual assault and assault.
The teen can’t be named due to her age.
Police say there may be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-7474 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.