Oakville Man Charged with Multiple Human Trafficking Offences

Posted On Tuesday April 06, 2021

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has made an arrest in connection with a human trafficking investigation.  The survivor in this investigation was trafficked over the past year within the Halton region. 

On March 30, 2021, Loic Simeu (29) of Oakville was arrested and has been charged with:

  • Procuring
  • Trafficking In Persons
  • Receive Material Benefit - Human Trafficking
  • Receive Material Benefit – Sexual Services
  • Withholding or Destroying Identity Documents
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Sexual Assault
  • Assault
  • Fail to Comply Release Order X2
  • Theft Under $5000

Simeu was held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Police believe there may be additional victims in regards to this investigation and are asking anyone who has come into contact with Simeu or has information to contact our Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

The Halton Regional Police Service firmly believes that every person has the right to feel safe in our community.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking can include recruiting, harbouring or controlling a person's movements using force, physical or psychological coercion, or deception. Traffickers often make victims do labour (e.g., domestic, physical, and manual labour) or sexual services.

How does trafficking impact a victim?

Every stage of the trafficking process can involve physical, sexual, and psychological abuse and violence, deprivation and torture, the forced use of substances, manipulation, economic exploitation, and abusive working and living conditions. (Source: United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking, 2008)

Victims of human trafficking can experience devastating psychological effects during and after their trafficking experience. Many survivors may end up experiencing post-traumatic stress, difficulty in relationships, depression, memory loss, anxiety, fear, guilt, shame, and other severe forms of mental trauma.

What should I do if I think someone is a victim of trafficking?

If there is immediate danger or if you suspect someone is being trafficked, we urge you to call 9-1-1. You may also call the Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-833-900-1010.

The Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking

The Halton Regional Police Service is a member of the Halton Collaborative Against Human Trafficking along with several other stakeholders and agencies. This Collaborative is dedicated towards providing services and support to those who have experienced Human Trafficking in Halton and surrounding regions. Local organizations such as Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton are able to provide first response care and support to victims of human trafficking.?

Where can a victim or survivor turn for support?

The following is a list of valuable support services and resources in Halton Region for victims of violence and/or sexual assault:

Halton Regional Police Service Victim Services Unit 905-825-4777

Nina's Place Sexual Assault and Domestic Assault Care Centre 905-336-4116 or 905-681-4880

Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) 905-875-1555 (24-hour crisis line)

Radius Child & Youth Services 905-825-3242 (Oakville) or 1-855-744-9001

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24-hour crisis line)

THRIVE Counselling 905-845-3811 or 905-637-5256