Belleville resident among 5 charged in Durham sex trafficking of minors investigation

Durham Regional Police Service

A resident of Belleville is one of five recently charged by Durham police in relation to a sex trafficking of minors investigation.

Durham Regional Police’s Human Trafficking Unit has intensified its efforts to combat the purchase of sex from minors in the area through an ongoing initiative named Project Firebird. This operation not only targets individuals seeking sexual services from those under 18 but also extends support and education to potential victims.

By using undercover officers posing as young individuals online, the unit posted an ad insinuating the availability of sexual services from minors. Within just four days, the ad garnered a staggering 6,678 visits and received messages from over 600 different phone numbers.

November saw a significant crackdown as investigators apprehended five individuals, pressing 15 Criminal Code charges.

Among them was Rajwant Singh, age 30, from Belleville. He is charged with luring a child for the purpose of obtaining sexual services; under 18 years, obtaining sexual services under 18 years and invitation to sexual touching under 16 years.

Facing the same charges are Krish Subiah, 37, of Clarington, Muhbubar Rahman, 48, of Pickering, Sarangan Kirupamoorthy, 28, of Whitby and Rajasekaran Natarajan, 38, of Clarington.

Charges have not been proven in court.

The success of Project Firebird owes much to the backing from the Ontario government, specifically its funding of the Children at Risk of Exploitation (CARE) unit. This specialized unit, consisting of police officers partnered with child protection workers, actively seeks out, investigates, locates, and engages with children and youth at high risk of falling prey to child sex trafficking.

For those seeking confidential support without judgment, Victim Services of Durham Region is available at www.victimservicesdurham.ca.

Individuals with new information on this or related incidents are urged to contact Detective Constable Heron or Detective Constable Edwards of the DRPS Human Trafficking Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5600.

For those wishing to provide information anonymously, Durham Regional Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may qualify for a $2,000 cash reward.

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