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Article de quotidien

Philippine diplomats in Ottawa face human-trafficking charges

Date

2014-05-09

Auteurs

The Globe and Mail

Titre du journal

The Globe and Mail

Texte complet

Ottawa police have levelled human trafficking charges against a diplomatic couple from the Philippines in connection with a woman they brought to Canada to work as a nanny.

Police asked the Department of Foreign Affairs to issue a waiver of diplomatic immunity last month, only to be told on May 5 that the two had surrendered their identity cards and returned to the Philippines.

The case involves a 26-year-old woman who was brought into Canada legally as a domestic worker.

Police allege the couple exploited the woman for financial and material benefits and held her by withholding or destroying her documents.

Bueneflor Cruz, 44, and Robert Cruz, 45, are both charged with trafficking, obtaining a benefit by trafficking and withholding or destroying documents. Robert Cruz is also charged with threatening bodily harm and mischief.

Police say the victim remains in Canada but has been moved to a safe location.

The investigation began in December in response to third-party allegations that the woman was being exploited, police said in a release.

“The Ottawa police will continue to thoroughly investigate any complaints of human trafficking,” said Inspector Paul Johnston.

“It is important to stress that help is available for the victims.”

Liens

Mots-clés

caregiver, nanny, human traficking

Secteurs économiques

Home child care providers et Home support workers, housekeepers and related occupations

Types de contenu

Cas d’abus documentés

Groupes cibles

Sensibilisation du public

Pertinence géographique

Ontario et Fédéral

Langues

Anglais