News/Canada: Promises of a new life lead to the brothel

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Subject: News/Canada: Promises of a new life lead to the brothel
From: Melanie Orhant (morhant@igc.org)
Date: Sun May 21 2000 - 08:50:39 EDT


Promises of a new life lead to the brothel
Marina Jimenez
National Post, May 17, 2000

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Authorities credit Enrico Cacciatore and his
associates with one of the more bizarre and ingenious schemes contrived in
an industry rife with them: the international sex trade.

Mr. Cacciatore, a Toronto native, brought 11 Filipinas to San Jose, where
he now lives, under the guise of an organization called Friends of the
Rainforest. As Costa Rican "president" of this eco-tourism group, Mr.
Cacciatore was supposed to show the women the Central American country, its
"unspoiled rainforest" and "nature conservation methods."

Instead, the only sights the women saw were North American sex tourists and
the red neon lights of Olympus, a brothel and strip club in downtown San
Jose, where the women were taken directly from the airport. Costa Rica was
only ever intended as a weigh station on the journey to their final
destination: Canada. But the promised jobs as "burlesque entertainers" in
Toronto strip clubs -- where the Filipinas believed they would only have to
disrobe, but not sell, their bodies -- never materialized. Canadian
immigration officials in Guatemala rejected their work permit applications,
much to the disappointment of the "eco-tourists."

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http://www.nationalpost.com/news.asp?f=000517/291113&s2=national&s3=reporter
Melanie Orhant <<morhant@igc.org>>
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