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A website advertising itself as "Canada's classified[s] site" has drawn police attention due to concerns that some of its users might be facilitating human trafficking.

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LeoList presents itself as a source for online advertising similar to Craigslist, but it features virtually no listings for furniture, technology or housing. Check under the "Casual Dating" and "Personals" sections, however, and it becomes apparent the platform is primarily an avenue for sex workers to advertise to potential clients.

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Ontario-based sex worker, porn performer and sex work advocate Jelena Vermilion told Day 6 that LeoList's classifieds exterior is likely "a facade. Toronto police first took note of LeoList in Aprilfollowing the closure of Back. Back, an American classifieds advertising platform, was seized by U. Tramontozzi said his analysts noticed an "almost overnight" spike in traffic to LeoList following Back's closure. Over the past several months, Toronto police have charged eight people with multiple offences in four separate investigations.

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They're alleged to have used LeoList for human trafficking purposes. Police are expected to announce charges related to two more human trafficking investigations next week, including one involving "a man who purchased the sexual services of a year-old on LeoList," said Tramontozzi.

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Tramontozzi confirmed that LeoList is owned and operated by Unicorn Media out of Budapest, Hungary, but it also has a subsidiary near Boston that offers web support to users. According to LeoList's rules and guidelines, users who suspect any content posted to the website "might be of an underage individual or is somehow connected to human trafficking" should contact law enforcement.

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According to Vermilion, sex workers still mourn the loss of Back, because most saw it as a kind of "partner in [the] operation of their work. Despite her concerns about LeoList, Vermilion doesn't believe shutting it down would meaningfully address online human trafficking. Vermilion doesn't feel she has enough power to exert influence over the website or its unknown owners, either. Larissa Maxwell, director of anti-human trafficking programs at Salvation Army Canadasaid shutting down websites like LeoList often makes it more challenging for law enforcement to conduct investigations.

Instead, Maxwell believes that eliminating human trafficking requires a multi-faceted approach that involves meeting the "core needs" of victims of exploitation. If they had a drug addiction, then we're going to work on harm reduction and potentially, if they want to, work towards sobriety," she explained. Day 6 After Back shutdown, Toronto police say LeoList is emerging as a destination for human trafficking LeoList is a classified site frequented by sex workers.

But it has also been linked to four human trafficking investigations in Toronto.

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Sex worker Jelena Vermilion says shutting it down would make things worse, not better. Social Sharing. Day 6 Classifieds website LeoList linked to 4 Toronto human trafficking investigations - and counting. Human traffickers' challenge of 'cruel and unusual punishment' goes to court today Sex trafficking 'definitely happening' and 'definitely on the rise' Court hears victim impact statements in teenage human trafficking challenge.

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