March 28, 2012
“Kingpin” and other Individuals of Trafficking Ring Face Criminal Charges in the Largest
Human Trafficking Case in Canada
In what has been called Canada’s largest human trafficking case to date, a man by the name of Ferenc Domotor Sr. is accused of being the ringleader in a human trafficking and fraud operation in the City of Hamilton, Ontario. Domotor Sr. has pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking, fraud, conspiracy and organized crime before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The human trafficking ring comprises of immediate and extended family members of Domotor Sr. Two fugitives, Ferenc Domotor (the father of Domotor Sr.) and Gizella Domotor, are still at large.
Allegedly, Domotor Sr. financed and arranged for the victims to fly to Canada and instructed them to claim refugee status upon arrival. Domotor Sr, then locked them in the basements of homes in Hamilton and Ancaster, Ontario where the victims lived in deplorable conditions. Domotor Sr. then allegedly confiscated their passports and forced them to work at a construction site for seven days per week without pay. Several victims claim that they were threatened, ordered not to leave the houses unaccompanied, and beaten. In one victim impact statement provided for the sentencing of co-accused Attila Kolompar a victim stated that “Even when we finally got home, during the evening they wouldn’t let me rest.” Another victim stated, “He made me work until I passed out… I am still afraid… I can’t go through that terror again.” Other co-accused – including Attila Kolompar, Ferenc Karadi, Gizella Kolompar, and Lajos Domotor – have all plead guilty to their charges and have been sentenced.
In what assistant Crown attorney Toni Skarica calls an “invasion of evil,” the Domotor family recruited and trafficked victims for the purpose of forced labour and took advantage of Canada’s refugee and welfare systems by committing fraud. Ferenc Domotor Sr., deemed the kingpin of this international human trafficking ring, and his son Ferenc Domotor Jr. will stand before Court to be sentenced on Tuesday, April 3 at 2:00 PM at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton, Ontario.
In 2009, convicted trafficker Laura Emerson was sentenced to 7 years, the stiffest trafficking sentence in Canada to date. Domotor Sr. could potentially receive a sentence in the 6-9 year range which would then give him the strictest human trafficking sentence to date.
Other individuals accused in this international human trafficking ring will also be standing before the Court in the coming week:
Thursday, March 29, 9:30 AM, Gyula Domotor
Monday, April 2, 10:00 AM, Joszef Domotor and K. Csaszar
Tuesday, April 3, 2:00 PM, Ferenc Domotor Sr., Ferenc Domotor Jr. and Viktoria Nemes
Wednesday, April 4, time TBA, Andras and Andrasjne Stojka