A human trafficking investigation conducted by numerous Ontario police forces recently led to the arrest of Michael Mark Haaima of Kingston, Ontario. He faces seventy-six charges, including human trafficking and producing child pornography.
It has since been revealed that Haaima was a “prominent” figure in Kingston’s tech sector.
According to a 2018 article in ReFINEd Kingston Magazine, Haaima founded his first web design company, FerusMedia, in 2011. In the years that followed, Haaima and his business gained more notoriety in the city, and eventually, he partnered with others in the field to create Aviio Digital.
The article goes on to reveal that Aviio worked with numerous “reputable” clients throughout Kingston, with Haaima becoming a well-known member of the local tech and design scene.
According to the CBC, one of Haaima’s many victims said the fact he was well-known “makes it all the more messed up.”
“A prominent Kingston figure with influence. It’s a terrifying thing.”
Haaima made his first court appearance on Tuesday, with the next date set for July 19. Authorities are asking anyone with more information to contact the OPP non-emergency line at 1-888-310-1122.
As it stands, Haaima has been charged with:
- sexual assault, 18 counts
- unlawfully accessing child pornography, five counts
- obtaining sexual services for consideration, four counts
- forcible confinement, four counts
- assault, three counts
- harassment by watching and besetting
- overcoming resistance to an offence/attempting to choke, three counts
- criminal harassment by communication
- sexual assault with choking, four counts
- uttering threats of death or bodily harm, four counts
- compulsions to commit bestiality
- mischief under $5,000
- invitation to sexual touching, two counts
- sexual interference, two counts
- procuring a person under 18 years
- Trafficking of a person under 18 years
- obtaining sexual services for consideration under 18, four counts
- overcoming resistance to commit sexual assault
- sexual assault causing bodily harm
- luring for invitation to sexual touching
- luring for making child pornography
- aggravated sexual assault, two counts
- making child pornography, two counts
- making available child pornography, two counts
- possessing child pornography, three counts
- extortion, two counts
- assault with a weapon
Kingston Police Chief Antie McNeely said the success of the investigation, dubbed “Project Shamrock” sends “an important message that as a policing community, we continue to be committed to investigating and holding those that commit these predatory crimes accountable.”
“We will work tirelessly to help reduce victimization,” she added, “and protect the most vulnerable in our communities.”
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