Category Archives: Human trafficking/Slavery

Hungarian Roma human traffickers deported from Canada

Josh Elliott,
Published Tuesday, July 22, 2014 10:48AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:56PM EDT

The federal government has announced that 20 members of a large human trafficking ring based out of Hamilton, Ont. have been deported from Canada.

The 20 deported individuals were members of the Domotor-Kolompar ring and helped run the largest proven human trafficking ring in Canada, according to the statement put out by the border agency. As of Tuesday, at least 22 members of this ring have been convicted on human trafficking charges, the BSA has confirmed. All but two were deported.

The Domotor-Kolompar family brought Hungarians from their hometown to Canada with the promise of work and a better life in the Hamilton area, Canadian officials said. But the Hungarians who came over were subjected to brutal living conditions without adequate food and forced to work construction jobs for free. The human traffickers used intimidation and threats of violence to keep their victims in line, officials said.

“This flagrant abuse of persons in our immigration system demanded a strong response,” Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said in a news conference Tuesday. Continue reading

Toronto: Asian store owners cram at least 32 employees into two suburban houses


These homes help us embrace the rich cultural heritage of diverse working conditions

The owners of an Asian grocery store housing employees on Beaverbrook Ave. have been fined after bylaw officers found at least 32 people living in the two single-family homes.

Food Island, a store on Wonderland Rd. and Oxford St., came into the spotlight in January after a stabbing near a home several blocks away.

The owners face fines of $3,500.

After the stabbing, several neighbours complained about the number of people living at 1703 and 1709 Beaverbrook Ave.

Both homes are zoned as residential, meaning they can’t have more than five bedrooms each.

However, a total of 17 bedrooms were constructed – eight at 1709 and nine at 1703, said Orest Katolyk, the city’s bylaw manager.

“This was one of the most intensified single detached dwellings we have seen,” Katolyk said.

“Based on a bed count, a minimum of 32 occupants resided at these homes in this developing area.”

Beaverbrook Ave., is within walking distance of Food Island. The two homes were build less than five years go, Katolyk said.

The additional bedrooms were constructed mostly in the basement, he said.

“The bedrooms were for multiple occupancy. There were basically mattresses everywhere,” Katolyk said.

Curtis Nguyen, a store manager who spoke on behalf of the owners, who don’t speak English, said Monday the additional bedrooms were taken down shortly after the police and bylaw officer presence in January.

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Vancouver: Charged with human trafficking, Reza Moazami now facing additional charges


Reza Moazami accused of pimping girls as young as 14-years-old
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Human trafficking suspect faces additional charges
CBC News Posted: Dec 28, 2012 10:02 AM PT Last Updated: Dec 28, 2012 11:40 AM PT
A Vancouver man facing human trafficking charges is now facing additional charges after allegedly breaching his court-ordered conditions.

Reza Moazami, 28, was arrested last year and charged with a number of criminal offences, including trafficking, sexual exploitation and living off the avails of a juvenile.

Vancouver police say Moazami was arrested on Dec. 18 after he allegedly contacted one of his victims through other people.

He has been charged with breach of a court order and obstruction of justice.

A 22-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man were also arrested as a result of the investigation.

USA citizen Joe Callahan fined $5,000 for smuggling two Latinos into Canada

Joe Callahan fined $5,000 for smuggling two Latinos into Canada

American who brought refugees to Canada now expelled

Judge says Joe Callahan allowed his humanitarian convictions to cloud his judgment
CBC News Posted: Nov 2, 2012 2:01 PM ET Last Updated: Nov 2, 2012 1:56 PM ET

An American man was relieved he didn’t wake up in a Thunder Bay jail on Friday.

On Thursday afternoon, a judge fined Joe Callahan $5,000 for helping two acquaintances from central America illegally come into Canada at the Pigeon River border crossing.

Just outside the courtroom, Joe Callahan signed an agreement to pay his fine within 60 days. Continue reading

Toronto: Jamie Byron and Katherine Edwards worked together to pimp out 17-year-old girl

Jamie Byron (pictured) and Katherine Edwards worked together to pimp out a 17-year-old girl

Toronto woman helped pimp out teen, court hears
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3:03 pm, August 27th, 2012


OTTAWA — The worst thing about a former teen prostitute who helped pimp out an underage girl is that she victimized someone as she’d been victimized herself, said the judge who nonetheless spared her any more jail time Monday.

Katharine Edwards, 23, was in the midst of a preliminary hearing on human trafficking charges along with co-accused Jamie Byron but pleaded guilty to the much-reduced charge of procuring prostitution. Continue reading

Hungarian “refugees” Anna Maria Lukacs and Janos Szanto guilty in human trafficking case and mailbox cheque theft ring

Nicole O’Reilly Mon, 30 Jul 2012
Woman pleads guilty in human trafficking case

Anna Maria Lukacs came to this country with her husband and children claiming to be a refugee in need of Canada’s protection. But she will leave a convicted criminal, brought down in the largest human trafficking ring bust in Canadian history.

Lukacs, 37, pleaded guilty Friday to participating in the criminal organization that recruited human trafficking victims from Hungary and also organized an elaborate mailbox cheque theft ring. She was sentenced to six months in jail.

The organization is made up of an extended Roma Hungarian family who would bring unknowing victims to Canada on the promise of a good job, only to seize control of their bank accounts, documentation and movements, force them to work for virtually no pay in the family’s construction business and coerce them to falsely claim refugee status and welfare.

Lukacs was arrested by RCMP July 10 in a Toronto apartment. Continue reading

Bill C-31 set to clear Commons

Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration: 'Visa requirements can be quite injurious to our commercial and diplomatic interests and we need other tools to combat widespread abuse of our immigration system.'

Refugee bill set to clear Commons


OTTAWA — With the contentious budget bill set to dominate parliamentary business Monday in what could be the start of a multi-day opposition filibuster at the report stage, another controversial omnibus bill is set to clear the Commons.

The government’s sweeping refugee bill is scheduled for a final vote Monday before heading to the Senate.

It comes as Citizenship and Immigration officials float new figures that suggest the Hungarian refugee problem isn’t going away. Continue reading

Feds launch national plan to crack down on human trafficking

Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, speaks to the media, June 6, 2012 at the Ottawa police headquarters. Toews said the government is launching the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.(Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

June 6, 2012
Feds launch new anti-human-trafficking measures
By Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, speaks to the media, June 6, 2012 at the Ottawa police headquarters. Toews said the government is launching the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.(Andre Forget/QMI AGENCY)

Feds to announce human trafficking action plan

OTTAWA – The Conservative government is launching a national plan to crack down on “modern-day slavery” in Canada – human trafficking. Continue reading

Vancouver: Kunarobinson Christhurajah and Lesly Jana Emmanuel appear in court

Two men accused of organizing the MV Sun Sea's journey to Canada appear in B.C. Provincial Court in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 16, 2012. It was their first appearance on that charge. Lesly Jana Emmanuel is on the left, with Kunarobinson Christhurajah seated beside him. Jane Wolsak

Men charged with helping to organize MV Sun Sea voyage appear in court

VANCOUVER— From Thursday’s Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May. 16, 2012 9:00PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, May. 16, 2012 9:09PM EDT

Dressed in red prison-issued clothing, listening intently as a Tamil interpreter translated the proceedings, two men charged with helping organize the MV Sun Sea’s voyage into Canada made a brief appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court.

Kunarobinson Christhurajah and Lesly Jana Emmanuel were each charged this week with one count of organizing entry into Canada contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Both men face penalties of life in prison and/or a $1-million fine.

Mr. Christhurajah and Mr. Emmanuel did not address the court during their first appearance Wednesday. The men stood behind a glass barrier in the prisoner’s box and followed the hearing through the interpreter. They remain in custody and will be back in court June 5 for a bail hearing. Continue reading

Thayakaran Markandu allegedly organized the trip that brought 492 Tamil migrants to Victoria in 2010

493 Tamil migrants arrived in B.C. aboard the MV Sun Sea in August 2010. Department of National Defence

Man arrested in France for smuggling Tamil migrants
By Monisha Martins – Maple Ridge News

Published: April 11, 2012 8:00 AM

A man accused of trying to smuggle Tamil asylum seekers into Canada aboard the MV Sun Sea two years ago has been arrested in France.

Thayakaran Markandu faces a charge of organizing entry in Canada contrary to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for allegedly organizing the trip that brought 492 Tamil migrants from Thailand to Victoria in 2010 aboard a rusty 59-metre-long cargo ship.

Markandu was taken into custody last week by French authorities and Interpol agents who were acting on behalf of the Canadian government.

All 492 Tamil migrants found on board have all made refugee claims. Many of the women and men were held in two Maple Ridge provincial prisons while federal agencies processed them. Men who Canadian authorities allege were the ship’s crew remain in custody at the Fraser Regional Correctional Centre

Markandu is the first person charged in connection with the MV Sun Sea. An international search was launched after the charges were laid last month in B.C. provincial court.

Extradition proceedings are underway to bring Markandu to Canada. Continue reading