Authorities in Canada say a man has been charged with a range of new criminal offenses related to human trafficking months after he was arrested on suspicion of tattooing his nickname on a woman’s body.
According to CTV News, 23-year-old Simon Ho-On was initially arrested in January after allegedly tattooing “Sosa” onto an unconscious woman’s body before ensnaring her in the sex trade.
The body ink was allegedly his way of letting others know she belonged to him, as reported by the Toronto Star.
He and another man were accused of listing her in online prostitution directories and plying her with drugs meant to prevent her from falling asleep.
A police statement said the men assaulted her and threatened her with a gun during the same period.
Following that arrest, police say additional victims came forward, leading to a list of 14 new offenses to add to the 21 human-trafficking counts already being sought against him. The charges announced this week include sexual assault with a weapon, sexual assault, human trafficking, and forcible confinement.
Authorities say other victims might still be out there and are asking anyone with information related to this ongoing investigation to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 416-222-TIPS or visiting www.222TIPS.com.
He had been free on bail when officers arrested him on Wednesday.
[Featured image: Simon Ho-On, Toronto Police]