Man was charged in Toronto human trafficking investigation

May 10, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Alexander Roberts, 20, is facing charges in a Toronto human trafficking investigation. The charges include child pornography and assault.

York Regional Police say they began investigating a “suspected pimp” involved in trafficking teens, on April 3. Investigators allege the suspect was active online and may have used social media accounts to contact women. On April 26, police arrested the suspect after investigators located two victims. Police are not releasing the circumstances behind how the victims were found to protect their identities.

The Toronto human trafficking suspect is facing 10 charges, including trafficking in persons under the age of 18, possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, advertising sexual services and assault.

Roberts is also facing two counts of advertising sexual services, material benefits resulting from trafficking in persons under 18, material benefits from sexual services provided by people under 18, assault and two counts of failing to comply with conditions of recognizance.

He will appear in a Newmarket court on May 22.




Human trafficking is a problem that threats the whole world. Just like terrorism and other illegal actions, it affects nations worldwide.

Investigative and intelligence agencies face a variety of problems in combating this threat. From outpaced technologies that are time and money consuming, to criminals find new ways to carry out their crimes, no nation is safe.

In recent years, new developments in technology and communications equipment have enabled transnational criminals to plan, coordinate, and perpetuate their schemes with increased mobility and anonymity. As a result, many trafficking organizations have developed into versatile, loose networks that allow them to cooperate intermittently while being able to carry out illicit activities independently.

In cases like the Toronto human trafficking that puts Alexander Roberts in the middle of the accusations, law enforcement must determine the truth behind them and put the guilty party behind bars.




In today’s world, new security challenges need an innovative solution. iCognative by Brainwave Science offers a unique and intelligent security method that is able to distinguish between suspects and innocents.

The proprietary software and algorithms behind it relies on information stored in the brain, even years after an event has happened. By tapping into this information, iCognative is able to associate specific crimes, facts or events with what the subjects of the test know and help delivery of truth.

In the case of the Toronto human trafficking accusations, iCognative can help authorities establish what Alexander Roberts knows. The iCognative test can be used to conduct a test on any relevant person of interest to the case: suspects, witnesses and more.

It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and build the test case. A series of information, known only to the investigative agent and relevant to the perpetrator must be input into the system. This information is what we know about the case so far: the circumstances of how the victims were found (confidential information for the mass media); the materials found that accuse Roberts of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, the conditions of the assault; the methods he used to find his victims on Social Media. All this information will be introduced into the system, as pictures or text, depending on the form they’re available in.

During the test, all these stimuli will be displayed on a computer screen and after the iCognative test; the system analyzes after the test how the brain responded to each of them. iCognative is able to catch that “aha” moment that happens when the information is present, as the suspect’s brain releases a tiny positive potential. With 99.9% accuracy, iCognative can determine the truth in the case of Alexander Roberts. With the help of this unique solution, authorities will be able to help put the suspect behind bars. Moreover, it can also determine other human trafficking connections or other suspects involved.

With the use of iCognative, law enforcement and investigative agencies worldwide will have a better chance of fighting worldwide threats.



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