• Vernon's Homepage
  • Kelowna's Homepage
30174
30394

Canada  

Human traffickers deported

Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday.

He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without adequate food, and were intimidated or attacked repeatedly.

"The removal of these foreign criminals convicted of human trafficking demonstrates how our government is keeping Canadians safe," Blaney said during a news conference in Hamilton, where the gang had operated.

The RCMP has previously said the victims were mostly poor Hungarians who were duped into coming to Canada and forced to work for free in a case of "modern-day slavery."

Blaney said 22 members of the Domotor-Kolompar ring have been convicted of human trafficking charges under the Criminal Code of Canada, and all but two have been deported to Hungary.

"Our government will continue to take strong action to address human trafficking in all its forms," he said.

The Canada Border Services Agency, the RCMP Hamilton-Niagara Detachment and local police were all involved in the years-long investigation dubbed Project OPAPA.

"We owe them a debt of gratitude for helping us rid the scourge of human trafficking in Hamilton and Ancaster," said David Sweet, MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale.

"There is no doubt that today is a day when justice has been served."

The deportations comes two years after the government toughened measures to prevent human trafficking and prosecute perpetrators.

COMMENTS WELCOME

Comments are pre-moderated to ensure they meet our guidelines. Approval times will vary. Keep it civil, and stay on topic. If you see an inappropriate comment, please use the ‘flag’ feature. Comments are the opinions of the comment writer, not of Castanet. Comments remain open for one day after a story is published and are closed on weekends. Visit Castanet’s Forums to start or join a discussion about this story.



More Canada News

Canada
29272
Parliament Hill Webcam
29101
Recent Trending
29143
30307
Member of the RTNDA
30374



29671