Ottawa Human Trafficking Unit rescues a young woman from historical human trafficking

(Ottawa) – The Ottawa Police Service Human Trafficking Unit has charged an Ottawa man with various human trafficking charges stemming from an historical investigation.

The survivor, a woman in her early 20s, came forward to the Human Trafficking (HT) Unit in late September 2018. The Unit investigated the historical matter and on October 9th, the male suspect was located and arrested in Ottawa by members of PIVOT.

Miguel ORTIZ, 28 years old of Ottawa was charged with the following charges:

  • Trafficking in persons by recruiting x 2
  • Financial/material benefit/trafficking person over 18 x 1
  • Point a firearm x 1
  • Possess weapon, etc./for committing an offence x 1
  • Assault with weapon or imitation weapon x 1
  • Aggravated assault x 1
  • Harassment by threatening conduct to other person x 1
  • Uttering threats/death or bodily harm x 1

ORTIZ attended show cause today and he was remanded into custody.

Members of the HT Unit were able to assist the female survivor and she was brought to a place of safety.

The Ottawa Police Human Trafficking Unit strongly believes that there could be further victims.  Miguel ORTIZ is also known as ‘Angel’ and ‘Diablo’.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Human Trafficking Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5005. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

For more information on how to protect children from child sexual abuse and exploitation, please visit

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