Toronto Rapper Arrested for Human Trafficking

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R apper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested Dec. 11, 2013 in Toronto on charges of human trafficking. 

Toronto rapper Derek Bissue, known as Derek Wise, was arrested last week on charges of human trafficking. 

The 22-year-old Mississauga native was taken into police custody following allegations from a 21-year-old woman that she was assaulted, forced into the sex trade, taken to various strip clubs in the Greater Toronto Area and forced to work as an exotic dancer, according to police news report issued Monday. An alleged attempt by Bissue to take her money resulted in police intervention. 

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Vice Canada broke the news about the up-and-coming artist who's a member of Toronto's rap crew Get Home Safe (GHS)

Releasing a number of singles and videos to build a following over the past year, Bissou appeared in The Weeknd's video for "King Of The Fall." Until Monday, Vice reports, Bissue's Twitter bio mentioned that he was a part of both the XO and GHS collectives. 

Bissue also posted the below photo to his Twitter Thursday taken at Vice's 20th anniversary party, wearing a jacket repping The Weeknd's XO crew and shouted out both XO and GHS in the text. 

 

From the looks of it, Bissue got arrested on his birthday. 

Bissue's manager, Quincy Nanatakyi, issued a statement defending his client. In it, he calls the investigation against him "both shocking and offensive" and describes the alleging woman as "mentally unstable." 

"As a young man raised by a single mother who Derek found love and endless inspiration, he would never put himself into a situation that would cause harm to a woman," Nanatakyi says in the statement, which you can read in full below. "Please understand that there are two sides to every story."

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Bissue has made his first court appearance on Friday and is now awaiting trail. His full charges include trafficking in persons and doing so for material benefit, exercise control, two counts of overcome resistance by choking, uttering threats of death and bodily harm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, carrying a concealed weapon as well as prohibited a weapon or ammunition, three counts of theft under $500 and robbery. 

Quincy Nanatakyi's full statement:

"The investigation against Derek is both shocking and offensive. These accusations, which we take very seriously were brought to the police after Derek attempted to end an unhealthy relationship with a mentally unstable individual. Derek's character would not allow him to commit any of the allegations he is facing. Unfortunately, the mental health of his accuser is in question as well. During their relationship Derek was a victim of physical abuse, slanderous accusations, and was threatened that his career would be ruined by the same person who has now made these erroneous allegations. Having had to deal with these abuses before the investigation, Derek would never put anyone through the same pain he was forced to experience. Derek would like everyone to please understand that all slanderous accusations against him are completely untrue and he empathizes with ALL victims of any and every form of abuse. GHS also known as get home safe members and affiliates of Derek Bissue also known as Derek Wise do not promote any of the negative and horrendous claims brought against Derek. As a young man raised by a single mother who Derek found love and endless inspiration, he would never put himself into a situation that would cause harm to a woman. It hurts me to see my best friend and business partner in this situation. People change when they see someone close to them elevating their mindset and focusing on positive routes to success. I want all of his fans, friends and loved ones to send positive energy for this tiresome, somber, and ridiculous situation. Lastly, I want to state that due to the legal process I cannot disclose any more information at this time. Also please understand that there are two sides to every story." 

UPDATE: An earlier version of this article stated Bissue was affiliated with The Weeknd. But a rep for The Weeknd tells Billboard the singer has no affiliation with Derek Bissue, as previously reported.