Charges Laid After Alleged Abuse Of Temporary Foreign Workers At Alberta Motel

April 17, 2015 News

Red Deer EconolodgePolice have charged two suspects for human trafficking after a 10-month investigation into alleged abuse of temporary foreign workers at a Red Deer hotel.

The investigation began in June, when Alberta government officials contacted RCMP, which led to a joint-investigation into the alleged abuse of eight temporary foreign workers employed at Econolodge in Red Deer.

Varinder Sidhu, 49, and Ravinder Sidhu, 46, have been charged with the following:

  • Organizing the entrance into Canada of one or more persons by means of abduction, fraud, deception or use or threat of force or coercion.
  • Employing a foreign national at a capacity in which the foreign national is not authorized to be employed under the immigration and refugee law.
  • Counselling, inducing, aiding or abetting or attempting to counsel or abet any person to directly or indirectly misrepresent or withhold material facts relating to a relevant matter that induces or could induce an error in the administration of immigration and refugee law.

“Human traffickers exploit the most vulnerable people in society, such as migrant workers, and they prey on despair and desperation,” Insp. Darcy Fleury said in a release.