International Sex Trafficking Cases

There have been several known cases of international sex trafficking in Canada in recent years, including:

Timea Nagy – A True Story

Timea Nagy was born in Budapest, Hungary, the daughter of a local policewoman. Ms. Nagy was recruited to Canada when she was 20 years old, hoping for a summer position as a housekeeper or nanny to earn some extra income. At the time, Timea was a music video producer and director in Hungary. Upon arrival in Canada, she was kidnapped, controlled, held under very difficult conditions and forced to work as a stripper. Eventually she was taken to massage parlours and exploited in the sex trade in Toronto and surrounding areas for three months until she escaped.

My Story: I felt like I was a piece of meat. I was in pain, physically, and was just extremely exhausted... I didn't believe I just did that... 

- Timea

For more information about this case, follow the link below to Hope for the Sold (Timea’s story begins at 11:45):

Enslaved and Exploited: The Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada

(Video runtime 46:16)

(Transcript for the Enslaved and Exploited: The Story of Sex Trafficking in Canada video.)

The Jian Feng “Michael” Li Case

After a two-year investigation that ended in fall 2010, the RCMP alleged that a Canadian man named Jian Feng “Michael” Li sponsored up to nine women from Hong Kong into Canada. He allegedly exploited them in residential brothels he was running in the B.C. Lower Mainland using online classifieds to advertise their sexual services. Mr. Li was convicted and received a jail sentence.

The Michael Ng Case

Between 2002 and 2004, a Vancouver man named Michael Ng convinced two Chinese women to come to Canada by promising them waitressing jobs in his restaurant. Using the false travel documents he provided, the women arrived safely in B.C., but were told by Ng that the restaurant had closed. He then forced them to provide sexual services to clients in a massage parlour he owned on Kingsway Street in Vancouver. He took most of their money, but it was only after Ng violently assaulted and threatened to kill them that the women escaped and sought help from the Vancouver Police Department. He was the first person charged in Canada with a human trafficking-specific offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. However, the judge did not convict him of this offence — Ng was convicted of several other offences including human smuggling and several prostitution-related offences under the Criminal Code of Canada.


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