Some of the 43 Mexican-born workers forced into what’s being called “modern day slavery” were working in Cornwall.
The OPP says it busted a cleaning company based out of Barrie that had trafficked and defrauded the workers. The victims paid to get to Canada after being promised education, work visas, or eventual permanent residency. But once they arrived, they were forced to live in squalid living conditions, and forced to work in a number of places; Cornwall, Collingwood, Innisfil, and Oro-Medonte. The traffickers controlled the victims’ wages and charged them for their accommodations and travel.
Police say most of the 43 victims were men between 20 and 46 years old. They’ve now been re-homed and given legal jobs.
The OPP is still investigating, and charges are expected to be laid.
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