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

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Calgary-Based Human Trafficker Deported

Immigration authorities have deported a woman who helped mastermind a human smuggling ring that brought women from southeast Asia to work in Calgary massage parlours.

It's unclear when Noi Saengchanh left Canada, but a government source told the Calgary Herald she was deported sometime after she was granted full parole in November.

Saengchanh, 33, was sentenced to two years in jail last July after pleading guilty to three prostitution-related charges.

Source: "Smuggler Deported", Montreal Gazette, April 12, 2005.