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Project Raphael

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Over a four-year period, officers working on an internal task force called Raphael targeted sexual predators who would solicit the services of juvenile sex workers online. 

To date, investigators on the York Regional Police Human Trafficking Team have made 104 arrests while working on Project Raphael, including 72 since the beginning of 2016. 

Out of the completed cases so far, 87 per cent of suspects (35 out of 40) have either pleaded or were found guilty in court. There are 64 cases currently before the courts.

Project Raphael was made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.


York Regional Police is committed to combatting child sex trafficking through a three-pronged approach: Rescuing victims, identifying and charging those who traffic children and identifying and charging those attempting to purchase sex with children.

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Members of the Human Trafficking Team continue their aggressive efforts to combat sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children. 

If you are a victim or think you know someone who is, please contact:

Special Victims Unit - Human Trafficking Section