North Bay Police Service has provided an update to an early November human trafficking arrest.

Originally officers were called to a disturbance at a Lakeshore Drive motel which led to an arrest of a 26-year-old male from Ottawa. Allegedly the man and a female got into an argument that turned physical. The woman was found to be an escort who was involved in a working relationship with the man.

In early November, the name given was Gemie Muya, a 26-year-old from Ottawa was charged with:

  • One count of Trafficking in Persons
  • One count of Material Benefit Resulting from Trafficking in Persons
  • One count of Assault
  • One Count of Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000

After a further investigation, police say it was discovered the man had used a false identity at the time of the arrest, and as such, has received more charges.

According to officers, the man’s real name is Arnold Muamba Kassongo, age 25, of Ottawa and is now, on top of the previous charges, charged with:

  • One Count of Obstruct Police
  • One Count of Identity Theft
  • One Count of Acknowledging Instrument in False Name
  • One Count of Breach Probation

The man remains in custody with North Bay Police and will make his next appearance at the North Bay Courthouse on December 5.

Officers believe that there might be additional victims involved in this investigation and ask anyone who may have information to call North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and select option 9 to speak to a police officer. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online.