Re: Trafficking in Canada

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Tanya Foundation (
Sun, 6 Dec 1998 15:03:35 -0000

So this was maybe 5% trafficking, 95% sexwork migration.

The article also includes a reference to a repeat migrant. Don't such
stories cry out that trafficking should be addressed as part of a response
to labour migration abuse and that sex workers should be given migration
methods that do not require criminal agency.

If Thai sex workers could legally enter Canada for sex work for some period
there would have been no criminal organisation to smash, and there would be
almost no way to sustain trafficking abuses among a possible abused 5%.

John Davies

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From: DeWayne Brown <>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Date: 04 December 1998 15:28
Subject: Trafficking in Canada

>Got this out of the Toronto Sun this evening.
>Toronto police arrested 39 people following prostitution-linked raids at 10
>homes and businesses throughout the Toronto area last night.
>Project Trade, a year-long investigation into a prostitution ring in which
>women were brought from Thailand to work in bawdy houses, massage parlours
>and hotels, wrapped up after last night's raids by officers including those
>from Toronto police and Immigration Canada.
>``Project Trade has targeted a group of people who were bringing Thai
>females into the city. These females are sold to 500 customers before they
>can earn any money on their own,'' said Detective Peter Yuen of the Toronto
>force's special (Asian) task force.
>Yuen said one woman could surpass that quota in about eight weeks. He said
>the women, aged 18 to 25, were sold to their owners for $16,000 to $25,000
>each, and that about 95 per cent came to Canada illegally, knowing exactly
>what they were getting into.
>Organizers in the ring would send agents to Thailand, where they would seek
>out women willing to come to Canada to work as prostitutes and the women
>would arrive in Toronto on visitors' visas.
>They would then be provided with accommodation and a place to ply their
>trade, police said.
>The raids, which began at 8 p.m., were conducted at locations in Toronto's
>west end, Scarborough, North York and Richmond Hill. They were conducted by
>officers from the Toronto police service, York and Peel Region police, the
>Ontario Provincial Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
>Immigration Canada.
>One location included the Fairbank Hotel at Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave.
>`This was a very sophisticated operation, and we targeted the agents behind
>it. I think we broke the back of this organization,'' Detective Sergeant
>Dave Perry said.
>``This is a big, big, money business,'' said one officer involved in the
>Unable to co-ordinate transportation with paddy wagons, police transported
>those arrested to 55 Division station, on Coxwell Ave. in Toronto's east
>end, in the back of unmarked cars and police vans.
>A total of 192 prostitution-related charges were laid, including keeping a
>common bawdy house, procuring for the purpose of prostitution, forcible
>confinement and forging documents.
>Most of those arrested covered their heads with coats to avoid being
>photographed through the back windows of cars. The arrests were the final
>stage of Project Trade, in which similar arrests were made last winter.
>One of the women arrested then was deported shortly after, only to be
>arrested again last night, police said.
>The suspects were to appear at College Park court today.

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