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Ethiopia - Montreal area couple face human trafficking charge

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05/18/07

  12:46:09 pm, by admin, 771 words  
Categories: Crime, Immigration

Ethiopia - Montreal area couple face human trafficking charge

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First human trafficking charges

Sidhartha Banerjee

Toronoto Star


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Source CTV


MONTREAL –
It was during the few occasions an Ethiopian nanny was allowed to leave the home where she worked around the clock that people began to take notice that something just wasn't right.

If not for those anonymous tipsters, the RCMP believes the 29-year-old woman would still be slaving away in the Montreal-area home today.

"She was essentially a prisoner," RCMP spokeswoman Magdala Turpin told reporters on Friday.

The RCMP alleges an Ethiopian woman was forced to work around the clock at this residence in Laval.

A couple has been charged with human trafficking. The Mounties say the arrests are the first of their kind in Canada since criminal laws were introduced in November 2005.

Nichan Manoukian and his wife Manoudshag Saryboyadijan, both of Laval, are facing charges of trafficking in persons, receiving material benefit from it and withholding travel or identity documents.

Both are Canadian citizens and lived in Lebanon before returning to Canada with the Ethiopian woman in 2004.

They found the nanny through an agency in Lebanon and she'd been working with the family for some time, said RCMP spokeswoman Magdala Turpin.

The woman acted as a nanny as well as doing housework. She spoke neither English nor French, save a few basic words. The couple and their home in suburban Laval was all that she knew. The victim's personal documents were taken away and she was forbidden to use the telephone, police say. She was told that if she was caught outdoors that she would be returned to Ethiopia, police said.

Some victims of human trafficking come from countries where the police and authorities are corrupt and people are taught not trust them, Turpin said.

"Although they might be exploited here in Canada, the situation they are in here is better than the situation they are back home," she said.

"For her, having three meals a day and a roof over her head was a nice situation to be in."

The tipsters painted a picture of the victim they'd seen to Laval police, which headed up the initial investigation.

"Her eyes were always glued to the ground and she never looked up at anyone," Laval police Det.-Sgt. Richard Brosseau recalled the multiple tips to police.

"When she did have interaction with others, she never spoke. It was always the couple who talked."

The woman was removed from the home in late January, but charges were only laid this week.

"She was scared at first because we are police," Turpin said. "She had been raised to have no confidence in the police. It took time to gain her trust."

Brosseau said the couple was surprised at the arrests and said the status of the woman was still in limbo and they were doing her a favour by keeping her in the house, particularly since she spoke neither English or French.

Ethiopia - Montreal area couple face human trafficking charge involving Ethiopian nanny

Canadian Press

Friday, May 18, 2007

MONTREAL (CP)
- The RCMP in Montreal have arrested a couple for human trafficking and say it's the first arrest of its kind in Canada.

RCMP spokeswoman Magdala Turpin said Friday that a 29-year-old Ethiopian woman was forced to work around the clock at a residence in nearby Laval and her travel documents were withheld.

A new law came into effect in November 2005 to deal with human trafficking.

Turpin told a news conference that it's the first time in Canada that human trafficking charges have been laid in a case of international scope.

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Nichan Manoukian and his wife Manoudshag Saryboyadijan, are facing charges of trafficking in persons, receiving material benefit from it and withholding travel or identity documents.

The couple, who are Canadian citizens, obtained the services of the Ethiopian woman while living in Lebanon and brought her back with them when they returned to Canada. Police say she had been living with the family for some time and working as their nanny, and had lived alone.

Laval police began investigating after receiving anonymous tips from a number of people, said Det.-Sgt. Richard Brosseau of Laval police.

"They had contact with the woman and they found her behaviour bizarre," Brosseau said. "She was always confined to the home, she was never allowed to go outside without one of the couples. When she went outside, she couldn't speak to anyone."

She was not physically abused, Brosseau said.

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8 comments

Comment from: KOKEB [Visitor]
KOKEB

NICHAN MANOUUKIN & MANOUDSHAG SARYBOYADIJAN I wish you more complicated and misrey life longer than your 3-rd world asian pig name.
The stupid human hags You need to treat your employee with a little more respect. If it wasn’t for the WEYANE trouble makers, the proud ethiopian women never left the country and works for the 400 years british colony far east slaves. think and learn to be a little human and appreciative of what you have before you end up doing all the work yourself.

05/18/07 @ 14:44
Comment from: Guigy [Visitor]
Guigy

Of course Human Trafficking is illegal but
you know, poor people’s brain cell is
Hungry even when they reach Europe, USA
&, Canada They do what they have to do, to
face the Consequence of their Act. I blame the
the Rich Everywhere getting Richer,by Exploiting the
Poor who have to try their Ultimate
Chance.



[Guigy, ebakhin ande bicha post aderg]

05/18/07 @ 17:10
Comment from: Tim [Visitor]
Tim

Slavery would be a better world for it than trafficking… either way, it’s not something people in Canada will have a lot of patience for these days. Sounds like this pair could use a few years of latrine duty in the penitentiary.

05/18/07 @ 17:58
Comment from: Ethiopian [Visitor]
Ethiopian

This story is only one of many that surfaced because the lucky young lady made it to c Canada. There are many many more in Beirut suffering the same fate, but perhaps happy to have a job despite the cruel treatment of their Lebanese employers. The Ethiopian government/embassy in Lebanon has not taken any diplomatic action to safe guard it’s subjects. That is shameful.

05/18/07 @ 19:32
Comment from: Gudu kassa [Visitor]
Gudu kassa

why do we need to bring “Weyanes” for every thing that happens on habesha ppl?
This happens everyday for lots of ethios and somalis in the Arab world.
May Gods mercy be on them.
may they find another “RCMPs”

05/18/07 @ 20:17
Comment from: omo [Visitor]
omo

Arabs were slave traders even before the discovery of the Americas. They were very active in west, east and south east Africa. This is how Islam was introduced in to black Africa and replaced the indigenous religions. I respect Islam, but history is history.
The Lebanese couple has not forgotten the actions of their forefathers, and they are practicing it today, in the 21 century.
Of course they are not the only ones. We live in an era of neo-slavery (if I may say so). A Russian or a Ukrainian girl, we hear in the news, costs her trafficker less than 2000 US dollars, much less than the amount an African slave used to cost his master in Alabama or Georgia in the 19th century.
God save humanity. We live in an age when principles, humanity and brotherly love mean nothing.

05/19/07 @ 00:21
Comment from: kew [Visitor]
kew

This couple was doing what their fellow Lebanese are doing in Lebanon: harassing, abusing, beating and even killing our sisters. I’m glad they were caught before they killed her. These are vicious people who have no mercy to their fellow humans.

05/19/07 @ 00:33
Comment from: AGAZI [Visitor]
AGAZI

THEY DESERVE SEVER PANISHEMENT

05/19/07 @ 15:22

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