Canada’s Supreme Court rejects appeal from four men convicted of child crimes

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has rejected an appeal from four men convicted of child crimes, all of whom cited police arrest as grounds for dropping their cases.

Temitope Dare, Erhard Haniffa, Muhammad Jaffer and Cory Ramelson were among more than 100 individuals arrested by York Regional Police in 2017 as part of a multi-year investigation into child sex trafficking.

The study, titled “Project Raphael,” began in 2014 and targeted individuals seeking sex with children online. Undercover agents posed as underage sex workers on a website called backpage.com. The study was the first of its kind in Ontario.

All four men appealed to the Ontario Court of Appeal in 2021 and to the Supreme Court of Canada in spring 2022. Today’s verdict was unanimous by all nine judges.

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