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September 1, 2011
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JAMAICAN HELD IN SEX RING

A Jamaican-born fugitive who has been deported from Canada at least two times has been arrested in Toronto on multiple prostitution charges, according to reports in the Canadian Press.

Information reaching THE STAR is that the charges involve a 16-year-old girl.

It is understood that the Toronto police were called to an Etobicoke motel on the Queensway on Monday morning after the girl texted her sister to tell her she had been lured to the motel by a man who had offered her a chance to make some quick money, and had taken photographs of her she believed were going to be posted on a prostitution website.

The man who has been identified as Walford Uriah Steer, 39, was arrested at the scene and appeared in court on Tuesday where he was denied bail.

THE STAR understands that he was initially charged with four prostitution-related offences, threatening bodily harm and obstructing police.

counterfeit funds

It was found that his lengthy criminal record in Canada includes convictions for assault with a weapon, assault causing bodily harm and possession of counterfeit funds.

In 2000, Steer was deported to Jamaica for the second time but detectives say they are unclear as to how and when he returned to the country.

Just last week, THE STAR reported that Steer was named on the Canada Border Service Agency's wanted list for being in this country illegally.

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