Five men from Windsor and one from Michigan have been charged in a ‘John Sweep’ conducted by Windsor police.
Officers from the criminal intelligence branch targeted purchasers of sexual services on June 11 and 12. Six men communicated with undercover officers to obtain sexual services during the operation.
The men range in age from 19 to 63 years old.
The sweep took place the same day Victoria Morrison shared her story with CBC publicly, about escaping human trafficking and her recovery since that time.
In 2016, the last year available for statistics data, Canadian police reported 340 incidents of human trafficking. In Windsor, the rate of cross-border human trafficking is 1.5 per 100,000 population.
From 2009 to 2016 there were 48 human trafficking violations reported by police in Windsor, accounting for 4.4 per cent of all cases in Canada.
The six men have been charged with communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services and released with a future court date.