Canada: 104 men arrested in child prostitution probe

York Regional Police have arrested 104 men for soliciting the services of juvenile sex workers online

Police north of Toronto say more than 100 men have been arrested for allegedly "purchasing prostituted children". An undercover officer would engage with men looking to buy sex online, and then tell them that she was underage.

He said there were hundreds of men who responded to undercover officers' online advertisements and majority stopped communicating when they found out they appeared to be dealing with underage girls - but 104 men didn't stop.

Truong said the investigation also brought investigators into contact with dozens of girls who were involved in the sex trade online.

Truong says the average age of entry into the human trafficking sex trade is about 15 years old.

In a news release Thursday, police said they completed a multi-year operation that resulted in the arrests.

Human trafficking investigators launched Project Raphael in 2014, which Truong said was a three-pronged approach to combating the issue in the region.

So far, 35 of the 104 have pleaded guilty or confessed, leading to prison terms of three to seven months.

"Almost all of these men are first time offenders ... they had stable jobs, and families and not the type of people who usually see in the criminal justice system", Susan Orlando, of the Attorney General's human trafficking prosecution team, said.

"The majority of underage trafficked children are being trolled via social media".

Police targeted men who searched for prostitutes online, but did not arrest men who were seeking sex with an adult.

Numerous girls showed signs of physical abuse, PC Truong said.

"All of the people who were caught in the sting were prepared to pay money for sex with children".

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