News: Officers caught up in vice ring

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Subject: News: Officers caught up in vice ring
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jan 20 1999 - 14:10:17 EST


Officers caught up in vice ring
STANLEY OZIEWICZ in Toronto
South China Morning Post, Monday January 18 1999

Canada is a leader in an international campaign against the trafficking of
women.

 So there was more than a bit of consternation in the corridors of power in
Ottawa when two government employees were caught conspiring to sell blank
visas and smuggle young Asian prostitutes into the country.

 Before the immigration officers were arrested, one Thai prostitute did get
into Canada illegally. She was later charged with drug and weapon offences
and is destined to be deported.

 Last Wednesday, one of the immigration officers was sent to prison for a
year. The other was spared jail but received an 18-month conditional
sentence and put under virtual house arrest to look after his 83-year-old
mother.

 In sentencing the two men, Madam Justice Anne Molloy of the Ontario
Court's general division, said: "It is of the utmost importance that people
in Canada and outside our borders know our immigration system is not for
sale and our immigration officers cannot be bought."

 At the time of their arrest, the two were leading members of their union
branch at Toronto airport, where they worked.

 The pair, Aldo Chang, 37, and George Kullman, 45, were caught almost by
accident. They came under suspicion inadvertently three years ago when
their names surfaced on wiretaps in Quebec City, where police were probing
a high-ranking civil servant on allegations of bid-rigging for municipal
construction contracts.

 Two Toronto-area targets of the wiretaps - businessman Eddy Chan and
real-estate broker William Fong - discussed several schemes for bringing
illegal immigrants from Asia into Canada.

 According to court records, their plans included "the issuance of travel
visas for a phony trade show in Quebec and bringing women from Thailand in
on false documentation to work as prostitutes".

 Chang knew in advance the flight the Thai prostitute would be on and how
she would be dressed. He also knew she would be carrying an invalid visa.

 He arranged to be on duty when she arrived, because even though the
prostitute had a visa, she could have been refused entry into Canada if she
did not meet certain other requirements.

Melanie Orhant

Co-Director
Human Trafficking Program
Global Survival Network

P.O. Box 73214
Washington, DC 20009
T: 387-0028
F: 387-2590
Email: morhant@igc.org
www.globalsurvival.net


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