NEWS: Toronto

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Jyothi Kanics---Global Survival Network (jkanics@igc.apc.org)
Fri, 17 Jul 1998 14:37:23 -0700 (PDT)


Woman was sex slave: Cops
By TOM GODFREY
The Toronto Sun, July 16, 1998

A Toronto talent agent was charged after a Romanian stripper was forced to
work as a prostitute in a network of city strip bars.

Det. Bert O'Mara said yesterday the 25-year-old woman was recruited in
Bucharest and sponsored by Toronto-based Liberty Entertainment to dance here
in O'Mara said the woman was met at Pearson airport and her passport was
taken away. He said the woman was threatened with deportation or injury to
her family in Romania if she didn't do as she was told.

"She was brought here on a permit to work as a stripper ... She was forced
to lap dance and do intimate sex," O'Mara said.

Police said the woman worked in several Toronto strip clubs from March 1996
to October '97.

"This is a case where a person has used Canada's laws to his advantage,"
O'Mara said. "Some bars are open venues for prostitution."

Immigration spokesman Kevin Sack said his officers go to strip clubs
regularly to check on the status of foreign dancers. He noted recent changes
to the Immigration Act require foreign dancers to prove they're strippers
before they're granted work permits.

Police have warned that foreign hookers are being sent to work here under
the guise of strippers.

Mozes Safto, 45, has been charged with procuring a person to enter Canada
for the purpose of prostitution, exercising control for the purpose of
prostitution and living off the avails of prostitution.

He was released on $2,000 bail yesterday.

He is to return to court July 26.


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