York police arrest 104 after officers pose as child sex workers

York police arrest 104 after officers pose as child sex workers

York Regional Police say an undercover operation has resulted in the arrests of dozens of men who sought to buy sex with children over the internet.“We stopped 104 men from purchasing 104 children,” Det. Sgt. Thai Truong told a news conference Friday.The four-year operation, dubbed Project Raphael, zeroed in on men who sought sex with girls they believed were between 13 and 16 years old.Most of the would-be customers lived in other parts of the GTA and Ontario, but the alleged offences occurred in York Region, police said.The men, who ranged in age from 21 to 71, offered to pay between $80 and $300 for encounters of between 30 and 60 minutes with the children.Article Continued Below“Unfortunately, there was a lot of married men,” Truong said. “Occupations from all walks of life, ethnicities from all walks of life.”Officers posing as underage sex workers chatted online with the men, who were then charged with offences including communicating for the purposes of obtaining sexual services of a person under 18, and internet luring.“When they arrived to essentially complete the transaction, they were arrested,” Truong said.

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