Filipina Sentenced to Jail in Canada for Labor Trafficking
In a landmark case, a 46-year-old Filipino based in Alberta, Canada has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison on charges of labor trafficking of dozens of foreign nationals spanning approximately four years.
Last February, Filipina Jennilyn Morris pleaded guilty over charges of labor trafficking charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. After her guilty plea, she was able to live with her whole family and started working at a golf course and reportedly found doubled as a taxi driver.
Morris arrived in Canada in 1998 from the Philippines to work as a live-in caregiver.
According to court records, Morris took job orders from the Philippines since 2007 until August 30, 2010. Applicants were sent to Edmonton and worked as cleaners at, Demot Cleaning Co. Inc., a company Morris previously worked for.
However, Morris refused to pay promised wages stated in employment contracts. Morris in fact charged 68 workers with additional fees for airfare and required paperwork.
The operation went undetected for a while as distressed workers were reluctant to complain for fear of being sent back to the Philippines and many of them were unaware of their rights as workers.