TORONTO: Maziar Masoudi arrested in human trafficking investigation, warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran

Toronto man arrested, another sought in human trafficking case

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Maziar Masoudi, 23 (left), arrested in human trafficking investigation. Warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran, 29 (right).

Maziar Masoudi, 23 (left), arrested in human trafficking investigation. Warrant issued for Milad Chehelamiran, 29 (right).

Toronto Police Service

TORONTO – Toronto police have announced the arrest of a man connected to a human trafficking investigation which began in November 2014.

It is alleged a 26-year-old woman was taken from the Greater Toronto Area to Calgary where she was forced to work in the sex trade for nearly a month.

READ MORE: Two arrested, another sought in human trafficking investigation

Police said in a media release that she was also forced to hand over her earnings.

Mazier Masoudi, 23, of Toronto was arrested on April 3 and charged with trafficking in persons, material benefit, procure person to be a prostitute, exercise control of person for prostitution and uttering threats.

Police have issued a warrant for Milad Chehelamiran, 29, of Toronto who is also wanted in connection to the investigation.

READ MORE: Toronto sex trafficking suspects face more charges after 2nd victim comes forward

Anyone with information is urged to contact police.

TORONTO: Dozens of officers raid apartment buildings in human trafficking investigation

 Toronto police conducted a raid at an apartment building in Toronto’s west end early Thursday morning.
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A man is escorted to a police car following a raid in Toronto’s west end on Thursday, April 2, 2015.

Published Thursday, April 2, 2015 7:46AM EDT

Toronto police raided a cluster of apartment buildings in the city’s west end as part of a human trafficking investigation.

Dozens of officers filtered through the buildings on Chalkfarm Drive, near Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, before dawn on Thursday.

Police said the sex crimes unit raided the buildings, acting on several search warrants, but would not provide further details.

Several people were seen being taken into custody, but police have not said exactly how many people were arrested, or what charges had been laid.

Toronto Police Sex Crimes Unit Insp. Joanna Beaven-Desjardins is expected to speak at a news conference scheduled for 10 a.m. at police headquarters.

Asian-based human-smuggling and prostitution ring busted

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Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015 4:53PM EDT

The RCMP says it has broken up a Canada-wide prostitution ring that allegedly smuggled as many as 500 Asian women into the country over an unspecified period.

Federal authorities announced today they’ve broken up two major cells of the network in the last five days and arrested six people in the greater Montreal and Toronto areas.

The accused are allegedly part of an Asian-based organized crime ring that operated in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

They face a host of charges including procuring, procuring minors, advertising sexual services and gaining a material benefit from sexual services.

Police say the alleged victims, mainly from Korea and China, received assistance from a criminal organization to enter the country and were then controlled and exploited by the prostitution ring.

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OTTAWA: Nabil Benhsaien accused of attacking five women with a hammer charged with five counts each of attempted murder

Accused in Ottawa hammer attacks convicted of flashing

Published on: March 16, 2015
Last Updated: March 16, 2015 3:16 PM EDT

Nabil Benhsaien has admitted flashing two men. But he’s facing more serious charges in hammer attacks against several women.Laurie Foster-MacLeod / Ottawa Citizen

A 37-year-old man accused of attacking five women with a hammer has been found guilty of flashing two men who tried to stop him from slashing tires.

On Oct. 1, 2013, Nabil Benhsaien pulled down his pants on Alpine Avenue and exposed his penis to two witnesses who followed him on foot after the tires on two vehicles were slashed.

One of the witnesses snapped a picture of Benhsaien as he flashed them before continuing to walk away.

Benhsaien was arrested a short time later and charged with mischief and committing an indecent act on Oct. 1, 2013.

He was released by a police officer on the scene on a promise to appear in court.

Benhsaien also faces charges in five hammer attacks dating back to 2010. He was charged with five counts each of attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and possession of a weapon.

Police probe link between suspected SkyTrain sex assault, UBC attack

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Published Friday, March 6, 2015 4:25PM PST
Last Updated Friday, March 6, 2015 7:38PM PST

Police are investigating a possible link between an alleged sex assault on a crowded SkyTrain and an attack at the University of British Columbia last month.

Transit Police say they’ve identified a suspect after an eyewitness account and photo of the incident, taken on a Canada Line train during morning rush hour Thursday, went viral with more than 1,400 shares on Facebook.

“Dear girl on skytrain…I saw the guy that was sexually harassing you. He was feeling and rubbing the back of your right leg and butt with his left hand, moving up and down,” the post on the UBC Confessions Facebook page reads. “I saw you moving away from him, I could tell that you were visibly uncomfortable. I took a picture of him touching you and talked to the police right after I got off the SkyTrain at Bridgeport to UBC with the pervert.”

TORONTO: Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero charged with sexual assault

Three Toronto officers face sex-assault charges in incident involving colleague

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Toronto police Constables Leslie Nyznik, Sameer Kara and Joshua Cabero were suspended earlier this month, after a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services submitted a sexual assault complaint against the officers. After an investigation, the three were arrested and charged with sexual assault and gang sexual assault Thursday morning.

The three officers appeared at a north Toronto courthouse Thursday, and were all released on $15,000 bail.

The charges follow a Jan. 17 incident involving a female parking enforcement employee with the Toronto Police Services. According to the TPS, all three officers, who range in experience from four to six years with the force, were off-duty at the time of the incident.

The accused remain suspended with pay, Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said. Ontario’s Police Services Act requires that all police officers who are criminally charged be suspended with pay until the those charges have been dealt with in the courts.