Human trafficking charges laid against Red Deer pair

Two people from Red Deer have been charged with human trafficking under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The charges were laid after a 10-month investigation by the Calgary RCMP Federal Serious Organized Crime unit.

Police say the investigation began after provincial employment officials contacted the RCMP about the potential abuse of eight temporary foreign workers at the Econolodge on Gasoline Alley in Red Deer.

The two people charged face three charges related to using abduction, fraud or deception to bring people to Canada, employing foreign nationals in jobs they are not authorized to do, and misrepresenting facts related to the administration of the federal act.

"Human Traffickers exploit the most vulnerable people in society, such as migrant workers, and they prey on despair and desperation," said Insp. Darcy Fleury.

"Our collaboration with Alberta Employment Standards was instrumental in this investigation."

The suspects are set to appear in Red Deer provincial court on May 26

source: Human trafficking charges laid against Red Deer pair - Calgary - CBC News