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Become a Prostitute!
December 21, 2006 permalink
A man employed by Ontario's social services, but not a children's aid society, has been arrested for recruiting prostitutes.
Here is a link to the Toronto Police Service report on Shahid Nazim (pdf).
Pimp charge for youth worker
Girl, 17, reports him to police
A man who worked at a Toronto youth shelter helping teens find jobs has been arrested and accused of trying to persuade at least one young girl he worked with to become a prostitute.
Toronto Police say the 38-year-old youth worker was arrested Tuesday night after a complaint by a 17-year-old girl who said the man had tried to recruit her into prostitution.
And now investigators are trying to determine whether any other girls were approached.
"This girl was strong enough, confident enough, ... and street smart enough to know what she wanted, and this wasn't it," Det.-Const. Eduardo Dizon, of the sex crimes unit, said yesterday.
How many others?
"The question becomes how many other girls are out there who had this question posed to them and said, "Maybe it's not such a bad thing, given my situation,' " he said.
Dizon said the accused made multiple offers to the girl to engage in sex acts with him in exchange for money and other favours.
"It took tremendous courage for her to come forward," Dizon said. "But she recognizes the importance of coming forward to bring the accused to justice, as well as to encourage other women, girls, boys, or youths he may have dealt with to come forward to police."
Shahid Nazim, of Toronto, is charged with procuring illicit sex, attempting to procure a person to become a prostitute and sexual exploitation.
Dizon said the accused had worked with youth at a Toronto shelter until at least two weeks ago -- a position he may have held for two years.
"His main role was to go around to the various other shelters, including the one he worked at, to conduct job training seminars or programs," Dizon said.
Nazim worked most recently at Humewood House, a shelter for young mothers and pregnant teens at Bathurst St. and St. Clair Ave.
Staff there were said to have been shocked upon hearing he had been charged.
Anyone with information regarding Nazim is urged to call Dizon at 416-808-7468, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.
Source: Canoe website