Caledonia men guilty of human trafficking

Three men were convicted in a Cayuga human trafficking trial.

On Tuesday, Justice Robert J. Nightingale found Daniel Campbell, 37, who faced the most charges in connection with the 2019 trafficking ring, guilty of nine offences including sexual exploitation for his relationship with the complainant, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm and ammunition while prohibited, and possession of methamphetamine for trafficking.

Campbell, Dragisa Lucic, 30, and Joshua Hillock, 32, were each found guilty of human trafficking, procuring, and receiving money from human trafficking and from sexual services. On all of those charges, Crystal-Anne Marier, 37, was found not guilty.

“Campbell clearly exercised control over her movements, deciding which hotels she would go to, making rules that she couldn’t leave without permission and requiring her to constantly check in with himself,” said the judge.

“He took advantage of the drug dealer-drug addict relationship to give her drugs that would keep her awake so she could see more clients and make more money.”

The victim was 18 at the time. The accused worked together to advertise her for sex online, drive her to hotels around southern Ontario, give her drugs and collect all her payments for sexual services.

Pre-sentence reports have been ordered for the three men. They will return to court on Dec. 2 for sentencing.

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