Canada has released the names of nine of 20 people who have been deported to Hungary for operating a human-trafficking ring based in Ancaster.
Steven Blaney, minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, told a press conference on Tuesday the deportations of members of the Domotor-Kolompar criminal organization were completed in May.
Ferenc Domotor, the kingpin of the largest human-trafficking ring in Canadian history, was sentenced to nine years in prison in April 2012, while his son of the same name received 16 months beyond time already served while waiting for trial.
Nineteen victims were lured from their native Hungary to work in a Hamilton-area construction business run by the ring, made up of an extended Hungarian Roma family.
Once they arrived here, though, they were forced to work for free and kept in slave-like conditions in the basements of swanky Ancaster homes where they were fed food scraps.
The deportees whose names were made public included Ferenc Domotor Jr., Gizella Domotor, Jozsef Domotor, Attila Kolompar, Gizella Kolompar, Krisztina Csaszar, Ferenc Karadi, Gyozo Papai and Janos Szanto.
David Sweet, Conservative MP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, praised a local team of law-enforcement officials and the Crown Attorney’s office for working “tirelessly” on the case.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude for helping us rid the scourge of human trafficking in Hamilton and Ancaster,” he said in a news release. “There is no doubt that today is a day when justice has been served.”
- with files from the Hamilton Spectator