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Four Ottawa men charged in human-trafficking investigation


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Ottawa police have charged four men in connection with a human trafficking ring that victimized four young women — and police believe there may be more victims.

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The investigation, called Project Exodus, began in June 2021, police said. The alleged offences occurred between 2013 and 2020 when three of the victims were under 18.

The slew of charges, more than 40 of them among the four men, include sexual assault, human trafficking, making child pornography, uttering threats, withholding travel documents, dangerous operation of vehicle, and fleeing from police.

“Investigators believe that there are other victims of human trafficking related to this investigation. Considering victims may not know the legal name of their offender, the Ottawa Police is taking the extra step of publicly releasing photos of the four charged men,” police said.

If other victims do come forward, police say they will respect their wishes if they don’t want to pursue charges. But they can help them receive support and resources for victims of human trafficking.

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Those charged are:

Aayanle OBULI, also known as AY, 27 years old, of Ottawa
Aayanle OBULI, also known as AY, 27 years old, of Ottawa Photo by handout /Ottawa Police Service

• Aayanle Obuli, also known as AY, 27, of Ottawa. He was charged on March 23 with trafficking in persons by recruiting; trafficking in persons by exercising control; financial/material benefit/trafficking person over 18; withhold/destroy travel or identity document; trafficking person over 18; material benefit from sexual services; and procuring and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

Mustafa WARDAK, also known as Vin, 23 years old, of Ottawa
Mustafa WARDAK, also known as Vin, 23 years old, of Ottawa Photo by handout /Ottawa Police Service

• Mustafa Wardak, also known as Vin, 23, of Ottawa. He was charged on March 31 with trafficking in persons by recruiting; trafficking in persons by exercising control; financial/material benefit/trafficking person over 18; material benefit from sexual services; advertising another person’s sexual services; conspiracy to commit an indictable offence; possession of Schedule 1 substance; and uttering threats.

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Mobarek ABDULKADIR, also known as Boogie, 25 years old, of Ottawa
Mobarek ABDULKADIR, also known as Boogie, 25 years old, of Ottawa Ottawa Police Service

• Mobarek Abdulkadir, also known as Boogie, 25, of Ottawa. He was charged on April 12 with sexual assault; assault; uttering threats; trafficking in persons by recruiting; trafficking in persons by exercising control; financial/material benefit/trafficking person over 18; withhold/destroy travel or identity document; trafficking person over 18; material benefit from sexual services; procuring; and conspiring to commit an indictable offence.

Ahmed WARDAK known as Bizzl or Biz, 25, of Ottawa
Ahmed WARDAK known as Bizzl or Biz, 25, of Ottawa Photo by handout /Ottawa Police Service

• Ahmed Wardak, also known as Bizzi or Biz, 25, of Ottawa. He was charged on April 14 with: sexual assault; trafficking in persons under 18 by recruiting; trafficking in person under 18 by exercising control; trafficking in persons by recruiting; trafficking in persons by exercising control; procuring person under 18; material benefit from sexual services provided by person under 18; material benefit from sexual services; financial/material benefit/trafficking person over 18; procuring person under 18; adversing another person’s sexual services; invite/counsel sexual exploitation of a young person; print/publish/possess child pornography; possess child pornography for unlawful purpose; unlawfully possess child pornography; conspiracy to commit an indictable offence; dangerous operation of a vehicle; flight from police; failure to stop after an accident; and fail to comply with a release order.

Anyone with information regarding incidents involving these men is asked to call the Ottawa Police Service Human Trafficking Unit tip line at 613-236-1222 ext. 5625 or email mcm@ottawapolice.ca

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