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.
York region police said 104 men have been arrested over a period of several years after police posed as underage sex workers online. Truong said that most of the men stopped communicating at that point aside from the 104 men who were arrested in the sting.
He said child sex trafficking is a growing problem in Canada.
The average age a minor is introduced to the sex trade is under 15-years-old, Truong said.
Troung says when someone inquired about the ads, officers would indicate they had children available as well.
The strategy includes rescuing victims, identifying and charging those who involve in trafficking children and the individuals who attempted to purchase sex with children.
Ms. Orlando heads a recently formed team of Crown prosecutors specializing in human trafficking crimes across Ontario.
The men charged range in age from 18 to 71 years old, police said, adding that 19 men believed they were buying sex from a 13- or 14-year-old girl.
A total of 64 cases are before the courts, while 40 cases have been resolved.
"Almost all of these men did not have a criminal record, had stable jobs, families and were not the kind of people that would normally be seen in the criminal justice system", she said. "Young lives are irreparably damaged, some completely destroyed and some lost completely". So the police try to take away the burden and find the men who feed the industry.
Orlando said, "These girls experience significant and long lasting trauma from which most never recover".