SUN - Three people were captured in Toronto on Tuesday are the latest arrests in the largest human trafficking case in Canadian history, the RCMP said Wednesday.
The RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency worked together to arrest the trio, who were wanted on nationwide warrants for human trafficking.
The RCMP initially went to an address on Lawrence Ave. looking for one person but found all three.
Sgt. Kevin Serniuk at the RCMP Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment called it “a little bit of luck on our side.”
Project Opapa is aimed at an alleged human trafficking ring in the Hamilton area.
Victims were recruited from their home in Hungary to work for their traffickers in the construction industry, the RCMP alleges.
A victim contacted police in December 2009 which lead to the arrest and the conviction of the head of the trafficking ring, Ferenc Domotor.
The 49-year-old was sentenced in April to nine years in prison but will only serve half that in a federal penitentiary after pre-trial jail time and his guilty plea were taken into account.
The trio arrested on Tuesday
Gizella Domotar, 43, Anna Lukacs, 37, and Gyozo Papai, 42, are now awaiting bail hearings in Hamilton.
“Gizelle Domator had outstanding warrants for her arrest,” RCMP spokesperson Richard Rollings said. “We’ve been looking for her since 2010.”
Victims were allegedly told to file refugee claims and social assistance and any payments were then stolen.
Most members of the alleged trafficking ring are related.
Charges against them include conspiracy to human trafficking, and contributing and participating in organized crime, police said.
A total of 23 victims have been identified at this point, Serniuk said.
When asked about the investigation’s future, he said it was difficult to say because new information keeps appearing.
“It seems like the more you dig into these investigations, there’s more you learn about the parties involved,” he said.
The RCMP is currently looking for Ferenc Domotor Sr.
“Ultimately that’s the last person remaining, as far as warrants go, but our investigations continue,” Serniuk said.