Tuesday, May 17, 2011


This is not unusual....there are dozens of cases like this. Beware of those who offer jobs to those who have no skills. Assume that they are not legitimate. The question is how this woman got the migrant into Canada. Who assisted her? How was it done? Did she get a visa under false pretences? Or was the migrant smuggled? All valid questions that require answers.

The Canadian Press: RCMP charge West Vancouver woman with human trafficking over migrant's plight

RCMP charge West Vancouver woman with human trafficking over migrant's plight
(The Canadian Press) – 9 hours ago

WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. — RCMP have charged a West Vancouver woman with human trafficking, alleging she lured a young African woman to Canada and then forced her to work up to 18 hours a day as a domestic servant.

Fifty-five-year-old Mumtaz Ladha has been charged with one count of human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Police say the 21-year-old victim was promised a job in a hair salon, but upon her arrival in 2008 had her passport taken away, and had to work seven days a week without pay before she finally fled to a women's shelter.

"When the victim arrived in Canada, she was forced to work in Ladha’s West Vancouver home for 18 hours a day, seven days a week. The victim received no pay, and the suspect has possession of her passport," RCMP said in a news release.

"In June 2009, after one year of living in a state of fear and working excessive hours with little to no freedom, the victim was able to get to a woman’s shelter."

Police said several different agencies are helping the young woman get the help she needs to recover. They said she is not ready to speak publicly about her ordeal.

RCMP announced the charge with a message for other potential victims.

"Human trafficking is not a rampant crime in BC, but it does exist," police said.

"The RCMP wants to inform the public so that victims understand they are victims; just because something is “common” in other parts of the world does not make it acceptable in Canada."

RCMP have said that as many as 800 people a year are forced into labour or the sex trade in Canada.

An RCMP report released last year focused largely on sex slavery but noted forced labour is also a problem, with live-in domestic employees being controlled, threatened, underpaid and forced to work.

It said RCMP have not identified organized crime involvement in forced labour, but usually involve individuals or families taking advantage of foreign workers for personal gain.

Last fall, RCMP in Ontario announced charges against 10 people related to allegations that at least 17 people were forced to work for free and fed scraps of food after being brought to the Hamilton area from Hungary. In February, the Ontario government announced it would spend $2 million in an effort to combat human trafficking.

The RCMP report noted that from 2007 through November last year, five people were found guilty of human trafficking in Canada in cases involving 11 female victims, four of them under 18 at the time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If you are following the trial, you will note today that it was found that all the paperwork was correctly processed...the visa applied for was for a companion to accompany the defendent on the basis of medical reasons for an initial period of 2 months. The 'victim' herself had signed the visa application forms which clearly stated purpose and duration of visit.

A visa extension was granted within BC and with the help of an immigration consultant at the request of the alleged 'victim'...

A month before the visa extension was to expire, the 'victim' fled to a shelter... but didn't think she should run the first 11 months that she was in the country...sounds suspect?

the defence is hinting that this is not a case of trafficking at all, but rather an abuse of the system by a visitor who decided life here was better than where she came from.