Male Sentenced to 10 years for Prostitution Related Offences
In November, 2015, the Peel Regional Police Major Drugs & Vice unit commenced an investigation into prostitution and pimping related offences involving Miguel LEWIS, a 23 year old male from Brampton. The investigation identified two young female victims who were being controlled and influenced in the sex trade by LEWIS in Peel Region and elsewhere in the G.T.A.
LEWIS was first arrested by Peel Vice Unit investigators on November 18, 2015, and charged with several prostitution and pimping related offences.
Upon further investigation, a second young female victim was identified. On December 14, 2015, LEWIS was arrested in relation to the second incident and charged with additional offences.
On September 19, 2016, after a weeklong trial at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Miguel LEWIS was convicted of all offences in relation to both victims. On December 12, 2016, LEWIS was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment as a result of the following convictions:
- Exercise Control on a Person Under 18 years (two counts)
- Advertise Sexual Services
- Derive a Material Benefit – under 18 years (two counts)
- Sexual Interference
- Breach of Probation
- Breach of Recognizance
Victims of these types of crime come from a variety of backgrounds and are targeted by pimps because they are vulnerable. The physical, emotional and psychological harm they experience has a lasting impact on them, their families and friends. Peel Regional Police is committed to investigating all incidents that victimize young people in the sex trade. Our Vice Unit investigators are dedicated to providing victims with the support and resources they need to rebuild their lives and return to their families.