Canadian police dismantled Mexican migrant smuggling network

Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – The Canadian Police accused seven people of smuggling and exploiting 64 Mexican migrants and stated that those accused were part of an international labor trafficking network that operated in the Toronto region.

On Friday, Ontario’s York Regional Police said they had obtained information in November that migrant men and women were being exploited at work.

The investigation – conducted in collaboration with the local Border Services Agency (CBSA) – revealed that “an organized group of criminals lured victims to Canada with promises of a good job and a better life”, according to a police statement.

“They ended up living in deplorable conditions and were driven to workplaces in private buses that were in a dilapidated state,” the police reported. The migrants were “mistreated, abused, and exploited” in farms, factories, and warehouses, they added.

The victims testified that dozens of them were sleeping on mattresses on the floor and reported “coercion and control ” as well as sexual assaults, Detective Sergeant Gary McBride said.

Police detained five citizens, two Canadians and three Mexicans, and issued arrest warrants for two others, he said. The charges include human trafficking, sexual assault and work for a criminal organization.

Canada is increasingly dependent on immigrant workers for its factories, farms, and other workplaces. Their defenders maintain that, even when they arrive in the North American country legally, they are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, in part due to their precarious immigration status.

Subscribe here for as low as .08 cents per day to access exclusive content and join the PVDN Newsletter, and browse this site with fewer ads. (Why subscribe?)

Trending news on PVDN

  • What is considered lower, middle, and upper class in Mexico? Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – The issue of what social class one belongs to in Mexico is often a matter of debate among those who discuss it, since there are no established parameters that define the social class in Mexico. Although the National Institute of Statistics and Geography ( INEGI) identified some socioeconomic characteristics of each…
  • Condominium development in Puerto Vallarta is destabilizing the hydrological cycle Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – At a recent conference on “Risks in Water Management and its Influence on the Real Estate sector of the Interstate Metropolitan Area of Puerto Vallarta and Bahía de Banderas,” Dr. Bartolo Cruz Romero, a research professor at the Centro Universitario de la Costa of the University of Guadalajara, emphasized the importance…
  • Gentrification of Puerto Vallarta: Causes, Consequences, and Advantages Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Puerto Vallarta has been experiencing an increase in prices for rents, food, and other necessities, which could be a symptom of gentrification. For many foreigners and expats in Puerto Vallarta, these increases may seem small and still much cheaper than their home country, but it may be resulting in Mexican locals…
  • Majahuitas cove in Puerto Vallarta, one of the most peaceful places in Mexico Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Majahuitas is a small, secluded cove located on the southern coast of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is surrounded by lush jungle and pristine beaches that make it a paradise for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In this essay, we will explore the history, culture,…
  • Playa Careyes, a foreigner’s paradise for luxurious relaxation south of Puerto Vallarta (VIDEO) Puerto Vallarta (PVDN) – Playa Careyes is a hidden gem on the Pacific coast of Mexico, located in the heart of the Costa Alegre region and 3.5 hours south of Puerto Vallarta. This secluded beach is a favorite among travelers who are looking for a peaceful and relaxing vacation away from the crowds. With its…
Puerto Vallarta News

Compare Listings

Title Price Status Type Area Purpose Bedrooms Bathrooms