Six Ontarians have been arrested and charged with human trafficking for exploiting about 80 Mexican nationals using employment agencies, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) revealed on Tuesday.
According to the federal police, the defendants brought Mexican nationals into Canada as tourists, in particular via the airports of Montreal and Toronto. Then the majority were sent to the Hamilton and Niagara region of Ontario, where they illegally obtained jobs through three employment agencies – Nora Services, Trillium Management and Bryan Enterprise Agency – operated by the six people pinned down.
After a nearly year-long investigation that began in October 2018, the RCMP conducted a series of searches from July to September 2019.
“These searches revealed that around 80 foreign nationals were subjected to substandard accommodation conditions: many people slept on mattresses on the floor and the accommodation was infested with bedbugs, cockroaches and others. parasites ”, detailed the police.
“The investigation showed that a group of people were exploiting foreign nationals, in addition to manipulating our immigration systems and processes for personal and lucrative purposes,” said the officer in charge of the RCMP regional detachment. Hamilton-Niagara, Ann Koenig.
The six accused – Christian Vitela, 33 years old; Mario Roca Morales, 47 years old; Cheang Kim, 60; Miurel Bracamonte, 43 years old; Nora Rivera Franco, 36, and Muyriam Vitela, 55 – face a total of 34 human trafficking charges, in addition to one charge each for trafficking in material benefits. They will return to court on March 8 in Hamilton.