A 21-year-old Caymanian man is facing charges of human trafficking in connection with allegations that he forced a woman into the sex trade in Canada.
Kyle Fraser is accused of offering “asylum and a better life” to a 23-year-old woman he had met through another “male trafficker,” according to a statement from the Toronto Police Service Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team.
Instead, police say he forced the woman back into prostitution and demanded she see more clients to make more money for him. Investigators believe the woman made approximately $200,000 Canadian dollars for him, which they say he spent on jewelry, expensive clothing, rent and food for himself.
According to the allegations, Mr. Fraser traveled with the woman to hotels in the Greater Toronto Area to oversee her “dates with clients.” He would assault her and injure her dog to make her comply with all his demands, including turning over her earnings to him.
Police were contacted after the woman sought hospital attention following an assault, according to the statement.
He was charged on Monday with:
- Trafficking in Persons by Recruiting;
- Overcome resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate;
- Assault Cause Bodily Harm;
- Forcible Confinement;
- Financial/Material Benefit Trafficking Person Over 18;
- Material Benefit from Sexual Services;
- Procuring/Exercising Control;
- Unnecessary Pain/Suffering or Injury to an Animal;
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order;
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order; and
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order.
The offense of human trafficking in Canada means recruiting, transporting, transferring, receiving, holding, concealing or harboring a person, or exercising control, direction or influence over the movements of a person, for the purpose of exploiting them or facilitating their exploitation, for a sexual purpose or a forced labor purpose.
Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi confirmed that Mr. Fraser is a Cayman Islands national. He said the 21-year-old is in custody in Toronto pending a bail hearing.