Ontario RCMP say six folks charged with human trafficking of 80 staff from Mexico

HAMILTON – RCMP say six folks have been charged with human trafficking over allegations they introduced staff into Canada from Mexico to work by way of their corporations.

Police say the international nationals entered Canada as guests by way of airports in Toronto, Montreal and Hamilton, Ont., after which labored by way of employment businesses operated by the accused.

A joint investigation by Mounties and the Canada Border Companies Company say these staff have been being exploited.

Police say throughout searches in July and September of 2019 police discovered about 80 international nationals dwelling in locations in Hamilton and Milton, Ont., infested with mattress bugs, cockroaches and different vermin.

Investigators say a few of these employment businesses included Nora Companies, Trillium Administration and Bryan Enterprise Company.

The accused are to look in Hamilton courtroom on March eight.

Christian Vitela, 33, Mario Roca Morales, 47, Cheang Kim, 60, Miurel Bracamonte, 43, Nora Rivera Franco, 36, and Myriam Vitela, 55, all face human trafficking costs.

“The investigation uncovered a gaggle of people exploiting international nationals, in addition to manipulating our immigration programs and processes for private achieve and revenue,” Ann Koenig, officer in command of the RCMP Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment, mentioned Tuesday in a launch.

The RCMP and CBSA say the investigation continues and extra costs are pending.

This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 9, 2021