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Ontario Police frees 43 Mexican workers from human traffickers

Ontario Provincial Police freed 43 Mexican laborers who were brought to Canada by alleged human traffickers and forced to work as hotel cleaners.

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Jacob Argintaru | Report

Ontario Provincial Police freed 43 Mexican laborers who were brought to Canada by alleged human traffickers and forced to work as hotel cleaners.

The victims were held against their will in Barrie and Wasaga Beach in what police describe as “squalid” living conditions.

The traffickers sent their victims to work at hotels in Collingwood, Cornwall, Innisfil, and Oro-Medonte.

The Mexicans were taken prisoner after paying traffickers large sums of money to immigrate illegally to Canada with promises of work visas and permanent residency.

Last year, multiple sources told police that two people running a cleaning company in Barrie were trafficking Mexican workers.

The two people running the operation are still being investigated by police and have not been charged yet.


More details to follow | Image from the CBC.

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