Ajax man facing charges after teen, 16, allegedly forced into sex trade
Published Thursday, January 26, 2017 3:26PM EST
A Durham Regional Police cruiser is shown in this undated photo. (file)
An Ajax man is facing a list of charges after he allegedly forced a teen girl to work for him in the sex trade.
Durham Regional Police launched an investigation after officers were called to a hotel in Oshawa on Oct. 8 by a teen who said she was in distress.
The 16-year-old girl told police that she met two males and a female in downtown Toronto and travelled with the group to Oshawa.
At that point, one of the males, who goes by the name ‘Rondo,’ convinced her to work in the sex trade.
Police allege the man arranged for clients to attend a hotel room where the victim was required to have sex for money.
The victim was eventually able to contact police.
A suspect identified as 20-year-old Shalarm Kean has been charged with nine offences, including material benefit from sexual services of a person under 18 years old, procuring or recruiting a person under 18 to provide sexual services, and distributing child pornography.
Investigators urge anyone with information about the activities of the suspect, known as ‘Rondo,’ to call them at 888-579-1520, ext. 5602 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-222-TIPS (8477).