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Man Charged in Labour Trafficking Investigation

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) Human Trafficking Unit has arrested a Halton Hills man after a labour trafficking investigation.

In mid March of 2023, police received information that Mexican nationals were being exploited for labour throughout Halton Region and the GTA. As a result, an investigation was initiated in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour.

On March 30, 2023, Baryali Rahim Qul (37) of Halton Hills was arrested. He has been charged with the following:

  • Trafficking in Persons (five counts)

  • Material Benefit from Trafficking in Persons (five counts)

  • Withhold Identity Document (three counts)

Investigators also executed search warrants at a Halton Hills residence and an associated business (also in Halton Hills). Several items were seized by police as a result of these warrants.

The victims identified in this investigation were men who worked as general labourers for various projects including renovations, landscaping, and roofing.

Rahim Qul was held in custody pending a bail hearing on March 31 in Milton.

Rahim Qul also goes by the alias “Bryan Hatt” and police believe there may be additional victims. Anyone who has information is asked to contact Detective Constable Serafini of the HRPS Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 4974.

The HRPS would like to thank the Divisional Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development for their collaboration during this investigation.

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

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

Efry (Elizabeth Fry Society of Peel Halton) 905-459-1315


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