News/Canada: Hoodwinked into hooking

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Subject: News/Canada: Hoodwinked into hooking
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Wed Jul 21 1999 - 16:27:29 EDT


Hoodwinked into hooking
By Ian Robertson
The Toronto Sun, July 21, 1999

Four Hungarian women lured here by an alleged crime family for jobs as
exotic dancers were forced into prostitution and closely guarded, police say.

The women, working at an Etobicoke club raided last week for the third time
since early May, were refused work permits last year at Canada's embassy in
Vienna, Austria.

But by last September, investigators with a combined police agency task
force operation called "Almonzo" said several women from Budapest had
reached Pearson airport, where they claimed refugee status.

"Those that were allowed through immigration control were taken to a
Hamilton-area premises," Det. Bert O'Mara, of the Special Investigative
Services morality bureau, said yesterday.

O'Mara said the women were kept "under close supervision," and transported
to and from Hamilton and the Solid Gold II strip bar on Kipling Ave., south
of Bloor St. W.

Accused conspirators linked to a corporation that owns Solid Gold II lied
to the women about the true nature of the jobs they were offered during
recruiting sessions in the Hungarian capital, O'Mara said.

"The women were then introduced to prostitution-related activity at Solid
Gold II," he said.

Five people were arrested in raids in Toronto, Hamilton and Oakville.


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