Two diplomats wanted for human trafficking return to the Philippines

An Ottawa Police cruiser in front of the HQ on Elgin St. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)

An Ottawa Police cruiser in front of the HQ on Elgin St. (DARREN BROWN/QMI AGENCY)

Danielle Bell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:37 PM ET

OTTAWA — Two married diplomats from the Philippines face charges after police say a 26-year-old Ottawa woman was isolated and forced to work “horrendous hours” for pennies a day.

This case marks the first time Ottawa police has laid human trafficking for labour charges.

The nanny, 26, entered Canada legally to work at the couple’s Ottawa home, police said. Investigators allege she was exploited for financial benefit from July 2009 until December 2013, when police began their investigation after receiving a complaint from a third party.

“(The nanny) was forced to work horrendous hours under conditions that no Canadian would put up with,” said Ottawa police Insp. Paul Johnston. “She was paid pennies a day. Her contact was controlled.”

Police said the 44-year-old wife was on a posting with the Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines.

Her 45-year-old husband also had diplomatic immunity.


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