Canadian human traffickers allegedly kidnapped, trafficked Chinese women into sweatshops

Rodrigo Penha, 62, a suspect in the alleged human trafficking of Chinese nationals, turned himself in to police in Toronto on Wednesday and was charged with forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence,…

Canadian human traffickers allegedly kidnapped, trafficked Chinese women into sweatshops

Rodrigo Penha, 62, a suspect in the alleged human trafficking of Chinese nationals, turned himself in to police in Toronto on Wednesday and was charged with forcible confinement, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, causing mental suffering, and failing to provide the necessities of life.

Kinsi Peng, 21, who was a student at Humber College, had gone missing for several days in August 2017. Her body was found two days later, wrapped in a pillow case in a storage locker. Police linked her death to the man accused of her abduction and trafficking, just days after a second dead woman was discovered.

Peng and Choi Hui, a 24-year-old student at York University, disappeared separately in August 2017. Fakhri Nasir, 41, is accused of luring them to Canada and forcing them to work in sweatshops in Ontario.

Police said two Canadians working as broker for a Chinese company “would offer their services to high-skilled individuals with advanced degrees who were interested in moving to Canada, but feared trouble on their journey,” according to the Globe and Mail. The brokers took up to $20,000 from each victim, who were put to work sewing and repairing garments and given only one week to pay the fee.

Peng told relatives she was working at a mall that sells energy drinks and DVDs.

Read the full story at the Toronto Star.

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