Friday, April 15, 2005

Human trafficking charges laid in B.C.

A man in Vancouver faces human trafficking charges in the first such case since Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act was brought in three years ago.

Michael Ng, who runs a Vancouver business called King City Massage, has been the focus of a joint RCMP-Vancouver Police investigation for months.
He first came to the attention of police when they answered a call about a violent incident at the massage parlour, which also offers acupuncture and alternative therapies.

At that time, Ng was charged with running a common bawdy house and living off the avails of prostitution.

Now he faces charges related to human trafficking. The maximum penalty for the offence is life in prison and a $1-million fine.

Source: CBC Online