MARKHAM: Edwin Jack, 20, faces human trafficking, aggravated assault and other offences
Edwin Jack, 20, faces human trafficking, aggravated assault and other offences after a girl, 17, was allegedly beaten at a Markham condo. (Supplied photo/York Regional Police)
York Regional Police were called to the building on Cox Blvd., near Warden Ave. and Hwy. 7, around 9:30 p.m.
Const. Andy Pattenden said the 17-year-old girl was taken to hospital and officers were directed to a unit within the building where her alleged attacker was found and arrested.
Further investigation revealed the suspect had allegedly been “controlling the victim and exploiting her as a juvenile prostitute,” Pattenden said Tuesday.
Edwin Jack, 20, of Markham, faces an assortment of charges including trafficking an underage girl, aggravated assault, sexual assault, and drug trafficking.
Investigators released his photo because they’re concerned there could be more victims who’ve yet to come forward.
Jack is known as Ziggy, Demario Thompson and Edwin Dexter Jack, and has ties to London, Ont., and the surrounding areas, Pattenden said.
“Members of the drugs and vice unit are continuing their aggressive efforts in combating human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls,” he said. “In many cases, women and young girls involved in prostitution are forced into the sex trade through violence, threats of violence, coercion and trickery.”
Police consider such women and girls to be “victims of crime,” Pattenden said.
“Investigators are willing to speak with anyone involved in the sex trade who may be looking for a way out or who may require assistance to escape these dangerous circumstances.”
Anyone with information about this ongoing investigation should call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7817, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.