News/Canada: 150 arrested over schemes that trick foreign women into sex trade

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Subject: News/Canada: 150 arrested over schemes that trick foreign women into sex trade
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Tue Jul 27 1999 - 11:03:54 EDT


150 arrested over schemes that trick foreign women into sex trade
By MURRAY CAMPBELL
South China Morning Post, July 23, 1999

Police have arrested 150 people in the past two months in connection with
schemes that lure women to Canada, where they are forced to work as
prostitutes.

The schemes, run by Canadian businessmen, lure women from across the world
with ads offering high-paying jobs as models, hairdressers and dancers.

"This is only the tip of the iceberg," said Superintendent Ron Taverner,
who is leading a taskforce of government agencies and police forces across
Canada investigating the scam.

The ads, mainly in Eastern Europe but also in Latin America and Asia, are
placed by people associated with strip clubs in Toronto.

Investigators said that the women, most of whom are in their late teens or
early 20s, learn upon their arrival in Toronto that they have signed
contracts to work as strippers.

They know little English and are told by their employers - who speak in the
women's native language - that Canadian immigration law allows them to work
only for the people who brought them to the country.

The women are also told they have to repay the money spent bringing them to
Canada and also contribute to their living costs.

Some have worked as prostitutes before but police say many agree to sell
their bodies because it is the only way they know how to make enough money
so they can return home.


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