An Ottawa man is facing a number of human trafficking charges following an Ottawa police investigation.
Last fall, officers learned about a local survivor of human trafficking and began investigating what led to her being trafficked.
Investigators found their suspect in Windsor on Wednesday, February 5, and officers in that city made the arrest. The accused was then transported back to Ottawa.
Rahiem Geddes, 23, is charged with:
- Procuring person under the age 18, per 286.3(2) CCC
- Permit person under the age of 18 on premise for prohibited sexual activity, per 171 CCC
- Proceeds of Crime over $5,000, per 354 (1) CCC
- Material Benefit from sexual services provided by a person under the age of 18, per 286.2(2) CCC
- Material Benefit, per 286.2(1) CCC
- Breach of Probation, per 733.1 (1) CCC (two counts)
- Fail to comply with Undertaking, per 145(4)(a) CCC
Geddes has been held in custody and will be appearing in show cause court, Friday.
"Our Human Trafficking investigative team worked in close collaboration with the Morality Unit of the Windsor Police Service to address the transient nature of these offences and those involved who attempt to avoid detection and arrests," stated Sgt. Damien Laflamme with the Ottawa Police Human Trafficking Unit. "Our work also involves supporting survivors and providing best safety planning and exit strategies, recognizing that victims are forced into the sex trade through violence, manipulation, coercion and trickery."
Ottawa police believe that there are more victims in this case who have yet to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Human Trafficking Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5005 or 1-800-292-1168. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.