Windsor Man Charged with Human Trafficking

    WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - The Immigration and Passport Section of the
RCMP Windsor Detachment have charged Mark Justice (53) of LaSalle, Ontario
with two counts of Human Trafficking and two counts of employing a foreign
national not legally entitled to work in Canada. Both offences are contrary to
the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA).
    The charges stem from a 9-1-1 call in July, 2009 where Windsor Police
Service responded to a report of two persons who were creating a disturbance
outside of a residence on Sandwich Street in Windsor. The initial
investigation, conducted by Windsor Police, revealed that the victim was a
United States citizen. It is alleged that the victims had been brought into
Canada by Mark Justice after they met in Battle Creek Michigan. The RCMP
Immigration & Passport Section facilitated further responsibility for the
investigation, alleging that the man was fraudulently brought into Canada by
Mr. Justice, and forced to live at the Sandwich Street residence.
    The RCMP also determined that Mr. Justice had brought a second US citizen
into Canada. Police allege that Mr. Justice brought these individuals into
Canada in order to obtain all or a portion of their pensions. The RCMP also
determined that two individuals employed at the residence were not legally
entitled to work in Canada.
    "The RCMP takes the issue of human trafficking very seriously," said
Inspector Alex Mills, the officer in charge of the Windsor RCMP Detachment.
"Human trafficking is a global problem that requires both domestic and
international solutions. The RCMP works closely with its domestic and
international partners to gather and share information for the detection and
investigation of human trafficking offences."
    Mark Justice is appearing for Bail Hearing this afternoon at Windsor
Provincial Court.

For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Earle Bailey, RCMP Windsor Detachment at
(519) 948-5287

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