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

Toronto man arrested, another sought in human trafficking case

DavidShum-headshotBy Web Producer  Global News

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.

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, charged with first-degree murder in drug-related shootout

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, indicted on first-degree murder charge

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:02 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2015 5:08 PM ET

Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout.Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout. (Handout/Canadian Press)

 A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son accused of involvement in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother in Florida has been charged with murder and will be tried as an adult.

A Miami-Dade County grand jury indicted 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu on first-degree felony murder charges Wednesday.

TORONTO: Four men face over 100 charges in shooting

Police said several people were gathered outside a townhouse at 5:50 p.m. Thursday when another group approached and began firing.

Five of the people milling about were shot, they said. Three men were sent to hospital — one with life-threatening wounds.

About 25 minutes later, officers investigating a car several kilometres away had an interaction with the occupants of the vehicle, during which police shot one man, the province’s police watchdog said in a statement.

The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, the Special Investigations Unit said.

Glenn Howell, who lives near where that incident happened, was sitting at his dinner table with his family eating “awesome homemade hamburgers,” when he saw the commotion.

“I’m facing the window and we notice this car driving up my driveway at a fast speed,” Howell told The Canadian Press.

The black car hit Howell’s car and drove it into his carport, he said.

Then he heard a huge bang and saw a bunch of people running around his front yard with guns.

He yelled at his wife, son, mother and sister — all over for dinner — to get down as he peered around a wall to watch the events unfold.

He finally saw a man with a vest with the word “police” on it.

“He looked at me and made a phone gesture with his hand and so I called 911,” Howell said.

He saw one officer pin and handcuff one man in his front yard and other officers bolt through his and his neighbours’ backyard.

Three Toronto men — Akeem Bailey, 25, Clifton Vassel Youria, 29, and Maurice Smith, 21 — and twenty-year-old Daniel Duarte-Alvarez, of Mississauga, face a total of 112 charges.

They are scheduled to appear in court Friday.

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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Police believe Jean Wabafiyebazu, 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami, killed as he planned on robbing drug dealers

Canadian diplomat’s son killed in Miami; other son arrested

AFFAN CHOWDHRY

The Globe and Mail

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The 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami is dead and his 15-year-old brother is under arrest following a daylight shooting at a Miami home on Monday, in what police believe is a drug deal that turned violent, with several victims.

The two teens are the sons of diplomat Roxanne Dubé and her ex-husband Germano Wabafiyebazu.

Miami police told the Miami Herald that Jean Wabafiyebazu was accompanied to a home in the Coral Way neighbourhood by his younger brother, Marc, 15. Germano Wabafiyebazu confirmed to Associated Press that the teens had borrowed their mother’s car, with diplomatic license plates, to drive to the house where the shooting took place.

Police believe the two brothers were armed and planned on robbing drug dealers at the residence, according to the Miami Herald.

What followed is still being investigated, but police believe it was a dispute over a drug transaction in which the older Wabafiyebazu brother was shot and killed inside the home.

TORONTO: Fatally shot Trevor Seraphine was from St. Lucia

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

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Police officers walk away from the apartment building where Trevor Seraphine, 16, was shot dead early Saturday morning.

By:  Staff Reporter,  Staff Reporter, Published on Sat Mar 21 2015

A 16-year-old boy shot dead in front of an Etobicoke apartment building early Saturday morning is, according to a cousin, one of six siblings from St. Lucia whose parents are still in their island homeland.

Saturday morning, the glass entrance to 44 Willowridge Dr., the public housing building where Trevor Seraphine was fatally shot, was left riddled with four bullet holes.

Residents of the building recalled being awakened by the sound of gunshots, followed later by police sirens.

Police said the high school student was found shortly after 2 a.m. with life-threatening gunshot wounds, taken to hospital and later pronounced dead there.

Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16,  was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

 Police said Trevor Seraphine, 16, was found shortly after 2 a.m. at an apartment near Willowridge Rd. with apparent gunshot wounds.

Seraphine’s cousin Xabie Adjodha, 30, told the Star the boy was visiting an old girlfriend who lived in the building. He was supposed to sleep over at a nearby friend’s that night, but was unexpectedly kicked out.

Adjodha said she lived with Seraphine and his siblings across the street from the building he was shot outside for years, but they moved away recently because the area was getting “too dangerous.”

Their move came nearly eight years after Adjodha brought the siblings to Canada for a better life and to help raise Seraphine as one of her own.

“I was the one helping feed him and bringing him to school. I love this kid,” she said, before breaking down in tears. “I took them from their house and one of them died.”

As soon as she heard of his death, she said, she called Seraphine’s parents in St. Lucia. The news shook Seraphine’s mother, who “ran out of the house screaming and no one knew where she went.”

Adjodha said she is helping to arrange visas for the family to come to Canada to honour Seraphine at a funeral, for which she has started a crowdfunding campaign on gofundme.com.

She said she can’t believe someone would try to hurt her cousin, a boy she described as “always smiling.”

“He would give you that shy smirk,” she recalled, noting that he often made videos of himself rapping, but was too shy to show them off in person. “Everyone knew Trevor could make you happy or make you laugh.”

Most of his days were spent at North Albion Collegiate Institute, where Adjodha said he was a “quiet” student, who had big dreams of becoming an engineer.