Four Charged in Connection to February Human Trafficking Bust

Barrie Residents Accused of Forcing Foreign Nationals Into Work

Police have announced charges several months after saying dozens were freed from forced labour.

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Four people have been charged, all of them from Barrie. All four, aged 19, 24, 51, and 54, face the same charges: Emply a Foreign National Without Authorization, Trafficking in Persons, Material Benefitting from Trafficking, Possession of Stolen Property, and Participating in Criminal Organization Activity.

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Police say the charges stem from the accused’s involvement in supplying foreign nationals as forced labour to a number of unsuspecting businesses in the area, since 2015.

Forty-three Mexican-born workers were freed from slave-like conditions in a coordinated one-day effort from police in an investigation that began in mid-2018.