Vancouver couple charged with keeping woman in domestic slavery

Vancouver couple charged with keeping woman in domestic slavery

As the accidental result of a 911 call, Vancouver police discovered a woman was allegedly being forced into domestic servitude for two years.

Const. Jana McGuinness said police launched an investigation into a Vancouver couple after being called in June of last year to a residence in the 3100-block Grant Street, which is just across the street from Sir Matthew Begbie Elementary School in east Vancouver.

Police said Wednesday that couple, who had come to Canada from Hong Kong with the victim, were charged in May under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for organizing illegal entry into Canada.

Oi Ling Nicole Huen and Franco Yiu Kwan Orr are due back in provincial court on June 22.

But the 911 call had nothing to do with the domestic servitude charges, which alleges the 38-year-old Filipino victim was forced to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

McGuinness said it’s normal practise for police to interview everyone in a home when there’s been a 911 call.

She declined to identify the nature of that 911 call but said “we’ll check the background of people involved.”

One of those people was the victim.




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