Human trafficking is rampant in Canada

Published on ViceNews, by Angela Hennessy, July 31, 2014.

Last week, the Canadian government announced that the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) had removed 20 members of a massive human trafficking gang from Canada and deported them back to their native Hungary. The Domotor-Kolompar crime ring — headed by kingpin Fernec Domotor — was busted up in 2010 when a victim escaped and told authorities about the atrocities he and 18 others were enduring. The case is the largest known human trafficking ring in Canadian history, exposing a problem in Canada that reaches far beyond this Hungarian crime family.  

“The removal of these foreign criminals convicted of human trafficking demonstrates how our government is keeping Canadians safe,” said Steve Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

But does it really keep Canadians safe as Blaney suggests? Or does it merely demonstrate the fact that human trafficking is a problem that is happening right in front of our faces and we have no idea? In this case alone, there were 19 victims who had been recruited from Hungary and had their passports immediately taken from them. They were housed in the basements of homes located in busy suburban neighborhoods in Hamilton. They were seen by neighbors every day leaving the house early and returning late. They went to work. After being threateningly encouraged by the gang to do so, they convinced Canadian authorities to put them on social assistance. And no one had a clue anything what was going on until two years later when one of them managed to escaped.

According to Timea Nagy, a human trafficking survivor from Hungary who had been recruited by a similar gang in 1998: “This case was only the tip of the iceberg. Human trafficking is alive and well in Canada.” She went on to say that she gets calls “every single day from the police about human trafficking cases.”

Timea started the Walk With Me organization in 2009 to help other trafficked workers get stabilized and find safe houses after they are rescued.

“It’s unbelievable… The problem is so bad in Canada, most people have no idea. It’s like bed bugs, you don’t see them at first. But if you use the proper lighting you will see that it is everywhere. Every single hotel, highway, some farmlands, every city in the country is experiencing human trafficking right now,” Timea said, adding that many cases have not yet gone public.

Timea believes the Domotor organization was just one of many organizations that is operating in Canada without anyone knowing. Trafficked workers are coming from regions all over the world including the Philippines, China, Romania and Thailand. She believes the biggest problem right now facing trafficked workers is that there is no public awareness about what the problem looks like … //

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Related Links:

  • Gargash reaffirms the UAE’s support for UN initiatives to halt human trafficking, on The National UAE, August 2, 2014: DUBAI // The UAE has reaffirmed its commitment to tackle human trafficking on World Day against Trafficking in Persons …;
  • Marin Human Trafficking Task Force aims to raise awareness, train law enforcement, on /Crime Beat, by Megan Hansen, Aug 2, 2014: Groups join forces to address, prevent exploitation issues …;
  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons: Joint statement of the Inter-Agency Coordination Group against Trafficking in Persons, on ILO.rg, July 30, 2014;
  • Human trafficking on en.wikipedia is the trade in humans, most commonly for the purpose of sexual slavery, forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others;[1][2] or for the extraction of organs or tissues,[3][4] including surrogacy and ova removal;[5] or for providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage.[6][7][8] Human trafficking can occur within a country or trans-nationally. Human trafficking is a crime against the person because of the violation of the victim’s rights of movement through coercion and because of their commercial exploitation. Human trafficking is the trade in people, and does not necessarily involve the movement of the person from one place to another. Human trafficking represents an estimated $31.6 billion of international trade per annum in 2010.[9] Human trafficking is thought to be one of the fastest-growing activities of transnational criminal organizations.[10] Human trafficking is condemned as a violation of human rights by international conventions. In addition, human trafficking is subject to a directive in the European Union …;


Other Links:

MH17 in Context: Empire of Chaos”, Isolating Russia, on Global, by Chris Macavel, August 2, 2014;

Disgusting decision: Gitmo guards to continue abusive groin searches, on Russia Today RT, August 2, 2014;

Why the Gulf of Tonkin and the Vietnam War Matter 50 Years Later (1/2), on naked capitalism, by Lambert Strether, August 2, 2014;

California and Ukraine National Guard gear up for military collaboration in 2015, on Russia Today RT, August 2, 2014;

Saving up gas for winter: Ukraine cuts consumption 30%, on Russia Today RT, August 1, 2014;

Obama brings Africans to America – to cut out China, on Axis of Logic, by Glen Ford, Black Agenda Report, Aug 1, 2014;

With the ‘big six’ set to double profits, what we actually need is a ‘small twenty’, on Left Foot Forward, by PERRY ABDULKADIR, August 1, 2014;

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Washington relaunches it’s Iraq partition project, on Current Concerns, by Thierry Meyssan, July 26, 2014;

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… and this:

Native America before European Colonization, 97.50 min, uploaded by Thomas NativeHistory, April 8, 2013: Upon the arrival of Columbus in 1492 in the Carabean Islands, unknown to Columbus (and majority of the Eastern Hemisphere), he landed on Islands located in the middle of two huge continents now known has North America and South America that was teaming with huge Civilizations (that rivaled any in the world at that time) and thousands of smaller Nations and Tribes. With recent estimations, the population may have been over 100 million people that spanned from Alaska and Green Land, all the to the tip of southern South America …;

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