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B.C. moves to prevent exploitation of live-in caregivers

06/27/2013 04:14 EDT | Updated 08/27/2013 05:12 EDT
The B.C. government plans to fund legal education to prevent exploitation of live-in caregivers.

The move comes after Franco Orr was found guilty of human trafficking and enslaving the family’s Filipina nanny, who they brought to Canada from Hong Kong.

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The B.C. government has posted notice of intent to award a $70,000 contract to the West Coast Domestic Workers Association to develop legal education sessions for live-in caregivers to prevent exploitation and human trafficking.

The sessions will be delivered in 14 communities around B.C.

The Ministry of Justice also wants the association to compile a report about issues identified through those sessions with the purpose of establishing further measures to prevent cases like the one just heard in B.C. Supreme Court.

Nanny Leticia Sarmiento accused Franco Orr and his wife Nicole Huen of bringing her to Canada on the promise she might become a permanent resident.

Instead she complained she was treated like a slave, forced to work long hours with no days off and forbidden from leaving the family’s Vancouver-area homes.

Huen was acquitted on all charges.

Orr hasn’t been sentenced but could be facing life in prison.

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