Toronto police fear there may be more victims after a 21-year-old Caymanian man was charged with human trafficking in connection with allegations he forced a woman into the sex trade.
Kyle Fraser, 21, who once aspired to compete for the Cayman Islands in the Olympics, is accused of coercing a 23-year-old woman into prostitution in part by verbally and physically assaulting her and abusing her dog.
Investigators believe the woman earned approximately C$200,000 (CI$125,000) for him, which they say he spent on jewelry, expensive clothing, rent and food for himself.
Fraser, who is in police custody, was due in court in Toronto this week for a bail hearing.
Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi of the Toronto Police Service’s sex crimes and human trafficking enforcement unit told the Cayman Compass that police released details of the crime to encourage any other victims to come forward.
He said in such cases there were often multiple victims, many of whom were vulnerable and reluctant to make a criminal complaint.
Though the offense falls under the category of human trafficking, it relates to exploitation, rather than movement of people as the term suggests.
In the vast majority of cases investigated by the sex crimes and human trafficking enforcement unit, the victims are Canadian.
Prostitution is legal in Canada. The offense comes from exercising control over another person and exploiting them for financial gain.
In this case, police allege that 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, according to a Toronto Police Service press release.
Police were contacted after the woman sought hospital attention following an assault, the release states.
- Fraser was charged last week 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.
Fraser, the younger brother of former Olympic swimmers Shaune and Brett, spoke of trying to emulate his older brothers after their successes at London 2012.
“I am prepared to work hard to the fullest and take it to the level Shaune and Brett have,” he said in an interview with the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee in August 2012, targeting a place on the swim team for the Rio Olympics this year.
“I have to work hard and dedicate myself to it completely. It all depends on how much I can dedicate myself to training over the next two years. If I’ve got this far by training so little, you never know what I can accomplish. There is plenty of time and I believe I can do it.”