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Police tracking a London business owner after a company van was being used to transport teenage girls — plied with alcohol and drugs — to area motels to make money as sex workers, have charged him with several offences, one of them rare.

The married father, 40, faces one count of procuring — a charge so rare police only laid it about six times last year — after two 16-year-old girls say he asked them if they wanted to make money as sex workers. Procurement is defined as trying to entice or solicit someone who is not a prostitute to work as a prostitute.

Police say they believe there are more victims and have released the man’s identity with hopes others will feel safe contacting them.

“I know there are others out there just waiting to see if this is real and he is in custody,” said Const. Jim Pottruff, who investigates human trafficking-related complaints for London police. “We are hoping more young women will come forward.”

The man, owner/operator of Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning, is also charged with drugs and weapons offences, in relation to a large hunting knife, a Taser and methamphetamine found in his company van during a traffic stop last week.

He was arrested Wednesday.

Police had been investigating the suspect since last September, when they received reports someone was using the Heaven’s Best van to take teenage girls to area hotels and motels.

Police said they met with the teens, who told them they’d received offers to make money working in the sex trade. Potruff said the girls had a relationship with the suspect and told police he would provide them with drugs.

He said police consider the teens vulnerable because they’re suffering from addiction and living in “vulnerable” places.

“The offer is, ‘Do you want to make money?’ ” said Pottruff.

Sean Leadston is charged with procuring a person under the age of 18, possession of a weapon and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

Police urge anyone with information to contact Pottruff at 519-200-9623 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).








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