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Police in Canada free 43 Mexicans from near slavery

AFP  |  Montreal 

Forty-three duped in immigration have been freed after being forced to work for almost nothing in Canadian hotels, police said Monday.

The workers, mostly men, were lured to by traffickers.

Once the paid a large sum of money, they were promised they could study in Canada, or get work visas and permanent resident status.

But once in Canada, they were housed in "squalid conditions" in cities in central and eastern Ontario, and forced to work as housekeepers in hotels, Provincial Police said.

"Human trafficking is modern-day slavery," OPP told reporters in Barrie. "Exploitation is the key element of this offence."

Two cleaning company officials in the Barrie, area who worked with hotels there are suspected of involvement but so far have not been arrested.

Human trafficking is "modern-day slavery," said Barnum. added: "it is inconceivable that this was taking place in our community.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 05:30 IST