Man charged with human trafficking after ICE, FBI probe leads to car search

A 54-year-old Toronto man has been charged with human trafficking in a criminal investigation that is now part of a larger case of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and FBI investigators working together…

Man charged with human trafficking after ICE, FBI probe leads to car search

A 54-year-old Toronto man has been charged with human trafficking in a criminal investigation that is now part of a larger case of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and FBI investigators working together to identify victims of human trafficking, agents said Thursday.

Shawn Creasey is charged with three counts of human trafficking, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of illegal immigration.

The Toronto police investigation is the result of a tip from ICE and the United States, and resulted in a vehicle search. ICE and the Toronto Police Service (TPS) learned that Creasey had transported a U.S. citizen to his home in Toronto so that she could be rescued from human trafficking, ICE stated.

ICE agents and members of the Toronto Police Service quickly conducted a motor vehicle search. The vehicle contained three females, one of whom was living at the residence. The others left the residence with Creasey. The three females were arrested for obstructing justice.

“Now that the vehicle search is complete, police are moving forward with human trafficking charges,” ICE said in a news release.

The case is part of a larger ICE and FBI investigation into alleged human trafficking of the aforementioned victim, along with her alleged traffickers, in Minneapolis.

A criminal complaint filed Thursday seeks a seven-count criminal complaint and two charges against David Reichman, 61, and Rose Eisenberg, 57, who are both charged with one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking of the victim and one count of conspiracy to engage in money laundering of the proceeds of crime.

At their arraignment, Reichman and Eisenberg entered not guilty pleas. They are due back in court March 18 for an interim detention hearing.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota for Eastern District of Minnesota, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota for the Eastern District of Minnesota, and ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations will jointly prosecute the case against Reichman and Eisenberg, federal officials said.

“The arrest of David Reichman and Rose Eisenberg shows that when victims of human trafficking reach out for help, law enforcement will be there for them, and we will make sure they are safe,” said John Mohan, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Minneapolis. “HSI’s lead in this case has done an outstanding job in pinpointing the location and identifying victims and their facilitators, and HSI and ICE teams now are working together to identify the victims and arrest the individuals charged.”

An advisory issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office states that, during the course of the investigation, it appears the named individuals were responsible for forcing a 20-year-old victim into prostitution and forced labor by coercion and deception, all under the guise of the victim being in danger from violence, prostitution and coercion in her home country of Thailand.

The involvement of the TPS and the Detroit Police Department played an important role in the investigation, and the CODEL, or Counter-Human Trafficking Investigation Team, includes members from both agencies.

“There is no victim whose experience goes unnoticed, and no moment that goes without being witnessed and understood,” Mohan said. “All of the victims encountered within this case are receiving specialized human trafficking education; they will be coached about their rights, the legal options available to them, the case law pertaining to trafficking cases, and assist with placement into special transitional housing.”

The investigation into the TPS (counter-human trafficking) CODEL ended in December, and all of the involvement of the TPS CODEL ended Jan. 31, as the investigation transitioned from a criminal one to a civil one. The CODEL investigated the crime of human trafficking, trafficking in persons, and online crimes against children.

A grand jury returned the indictment for unlawful trafficking, forced labor, and criminal conspiracy.

Since its inception in April 2018, ICE’s Human Trafficking Unit has reported a total of 42 successful investigations, with the information coming directly from victims coming forward.

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