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Title: 500 Asian women victims of this group operating in Canada
Post by: lostlinganer on April 02, 2015, 07:16:53 PM

We really need to lift our heads and pay attention here.... don't forget folks... women are taken from their homelands every day, to be used in other countries.  This affects all women.. worldwide.  I only hope women's organizations step up and have "a say/opinion" on this revelation.



MONTREAL — As many as 500 Asian women were allegedly smuggled into the country to take part in a Canada-wide prostitution ring the RCMP says it has dismantled.

Federal authorities announced Wednesday they’d struck against two major cells of the network in the last five days and arrested six people in the greater Montreal and Toronto areas.

The accused are allegedly part of an Asian-based organized crime ring that operated bawdy houses in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

In an interview from Montreal, RCMP Const. Erique Gasse did not have much to add about the Halifax situation.

“We do know there were girls sent to Halifax,” he said. “Most of the time, there are pimps waiting for them, but that’s the most I can say.”

The accused face a host of charges including procuring, procuring minors, advertising sexual services and gaining a material benefit from sexual services.

Other immigration-related charges could be laid later as well as serious gangsterism charges.

Police say the alleged victims, mainly from Korea and China, received assistance from a criminal organization to enter the country either illegally through land crossings or with student and visitors visas obtained under false pretences.

They were then controlled and exploited by the prostitution ring and would be put to work across the country, said Gasse.

Gasse told reporters the women were aware they were coming to Canada to work in prostitution, but were told it would be under decent working conditions.

“They were supported, controlled and exploited by a prostitution ring that operated across Canada,” Gasse said. “The victims were exploited for several weeks in one place and then transported across the country to continue the same line of work, still in appalling conditions.”

The RCMP hasn’t been able to pinpoint an exact number of victims, but said there could be as many as 500.

The contents of computers and cellphones confiscated during 16 police seizures may shed light on a list of clients.

“After a few weeks or months, the girls were returned to their country of origin,” Gasse told a news conference at Saint-Hubert Airport, just south of Montreal.

Two alleged ringleaders were arrested and flown to Montreal from Toronto on Wednesday and are to appear in court Thursday. Four others from Montreal and Notre-Dame-de-L’Ile-Perrot, a suburb of Montreal, appeared in court earlier this week.

Another key player, Jeonghwan Seo, 34, of Toronto, was apprehended last night in Jasper, Alta., and a 20-year-old woman from Montreal, MélanieWilliams-Johnson, remains at large.

Two clients arrested during the operations will also face charges of being found in a bawdy house.

Authorities say they also seized two vehicles and an important sum of cash.

With crime reporter Dan Arsenault


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