A 21-year-old Toronto man faces 33 charges in connection with a human trafficking investigation that allegedly involved a teenage girl who was groomed via social media and flown to BC
The Human Trafficking Enforcement Team and the Children At Risk of Exploitation (CARE) team launched an investigation on April 24 after a teenage girl from Ontario was reported to have been groomed via social media and flown to BC, where sex was trafficked. using a combination of deception, coercion and physical violence. Police say the girl was regularly trafficked in BC and Ontario between August 2021 and April 2022.
Toronto police say all money earned during the human trafficking period has been turned over to the accused.
Police arrested Andrew “Hot Boy Ryda” Pothiers-Grant in the Victoria Park Ave.-O’Connor Dr. area on Thursday. During the arrest, the police seized a loaded firearm, a quantity of drugs and money.
Pothiers-Grant’s laundry list of charges includes: human trafficking under 18 through recruitment, recruitment of individuals under 18 to provide sexual services for remuneration, assault by suffocation, assault, two counts of human trafficking under 18 through control, two counts of counts of acquisition/controlling persons under the age of 18, two counts of financial/material benefit/trafficking in human beings under 18, material advantage of sexual services provided by persons under the age of 18, promoting other’s sexual services, two counts of making child pornography, two counts of transferring child pornography, two counts of unlawful possession of child pornography, advertising the sexual services of another, intimidation through combination of prohibited conduct, possession of a loaded firearm, careless storage of firearm, possession of prohibited firearm knowing it is restricted, unauthorized licensed possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm knowingly not licensed, unauthorized possession of a firing weapon in a motor vehicle, carrying dangerous weapons, concealed weapon, possession of prohibited device knowing it is prohibited, possession of Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings (fentanyl), possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings (cocaine), possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking in human beings (oxycodone), possession of criminal proceeds not exceeding $5,000.
Investigators suspect there may be more victims and have released an image of the suspect. Anyone with information can call the Police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.222tips.com.