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Punjabi motel owners in Red Deer, Alberta Canada alleged to have treated temp workers from the Philippines like ‘indentured servants’.


Alberta pair sentenced in human trafficking case


Varinder and Ravinder Sidhu walk into Red Deer court on May 11, 2017 to be sentenced for their role in human trafficking. (Bryan Passifiume/Postmedia)

Bryan Passifiume, Calgary Sun

May 11, 2017, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

RED DEER — Treating temporary foreign workers like 'indentured servants' earned two Red Deer motel owners house arrest and a stern rebuke from the judge, who called the pair's conduct "despicable," and "shameful."

And in the courtroom to witness Thursday's sentencing of Varinder and Ravinder Sidhu were a pair of women who were former employees of the couple, two of the seven temporary foreign workers brought to Canada from the Philippines to work at the Gasoline Alley motel.

Originally charged with numerous immigration and employment offences connected to their unlawful treatment of their workers, all but two of the charges were withdrawn by the Crown.

In March, Ravinder Sidhu plead guilty to using false or misleading information to bring immigrant workers into Canada, while Varinder Sidhu plead guilty to seven counts of failing to keep proper employment records.

Varinder was handed a $5,000 fine by justice D.J. Plosz, while his wife Ravinder was sentenced to two years-less-a-day, to be served under house arrest.

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Emirates princesses accused of abusing servants |

One of the victims (second from right) arrives to attend the so-called "Conrad princesses" trial in front of the Brussels criminal court for human trafficking, on May 11, 2017. United Arab Emirates' princess Sjeika Alnehayan and seven of her daughters are accused of mistreatment on 20 of their employees as they where living in one level of the Conrad hotel (now Steigenberger) in 2008. DIRK WAEM/AFP/Getty Images

BRUSSELS — A Belgian court is hearing the case of a princess from Abu Dhabi and her seven daughters accused of mistreating around 20 servants forced to work for them in a plush Brussels hotel.

The case dates from 2008, when police raided the Conrad Hotel where the now 64-year-old princess, Sheikha Hamda Al-Nahyan, had rented out the entire 4th floor for a few months.

Around 15 plaintiffs are involved in the case. They claim that some of the servants were forced to sleep on the floor and tend to the princesses around the clock for little or no money.


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JRMay 13, 2017 7:24 PM UTC


These practices are illegal as the articles show. What's interesting about the white slavery you're documenting was how legal it was and how all involved were beyond ethical or moral reproach.

Here's is the new modern form of indentured servitude: The non-compete agreement.

"The growth of noncompete agreements is part of a broad shift in which companies assert ownership over work experience as well as work.


Employment lawyers know this, but workers are often astonished to learn that they’ve signed away their right to leave for a competitor. Timothy Gonzalez, an hourly laborer who shoveled dirt for a fast-food-level wage, was sued after leaving one environmental drilling company for another. "

All perfectly legal of course. How can this not be slavery when you can't take your skills from employer/master to employer/master?