Thai victims of human trafficking can stay in Canada
Posted 22 June 2011 - 01:46 AM
In what could be a precedent-setting case, the workers no longer face being sent to jail or deported.
The workers paid recruiters in Thailand up to $10,000 each to bring them to Canada to work for employers who in some cases were abusive.
"[The ruling] is empowering for workers," said Cathy Kolar, an immigration specialist who represented the workers at a hearing of the Canadian Immigration Board, which decided in their favour. "It's empowering for future victims, because this sets a precedent [that] Canada is not going to dispose of you."
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