Human trafficking with ties to the North

By Rosalind Russell – Ontario Provincial Police say a national labour-related human trafficking investigation has links to Northern Ontario.

Project Foxtrot began in mid-February when OPP received information of labour trafficking involving foreign nationals from Mexico, who were recruited online and promised work permits for good-paying employment in Canada.

Police say the three male victims, ranging in age from 27 to 42, were expected to work at recycling facilities in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Levis, Quebec and Red Deer, Alberta.

They were housed in several short-term rentals around Canada with payment for accommodations taken from their wages, which police say was less than had been promised.

Search warrants were executed last week in Simcoe County and the Greater Toronto Area with four southern Ontario residents facing a slew of charges including human trafficking.

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