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B.C. man found guilty of enslaving nanny to be sentenced

10/15/2013 12:05 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 06:58 EST
A Vancouver man convicted of human trafficking is being sentenced today in B.C. Supreme Court.

This summer, Franco Yiu Kwan Orr was found guilty of lying to immigration officials and illegally employing a foreign national as a nanny.

Leticia Sarmiento, of the Philippines, told the court she worked as a nanny for Orr, his wife Nicole Huen, and their three children. She came to Canada with the couple from Hong Kong five years ago, and said she worked 16-hour days, was paid a pittance and was lied to about gaining legal employment in Canada.

In 2010, she eventually called 911 to reach out for help.

Crown lawyers described her treatment as modern slavery.

Orr was found guilty of employing a foreign national illegally and misrepresenting the situation to immigration officials. He was also found guilty on a charge of human trafficking.

According to RCMP, there have been 45 convictions in Canada for human trafficking or related crimes, involving 69 people, but Orr's is the first conviction for human trafficking under the Immigration Act.

His wife was acquitted on all charges.

The Crown is asking that Orr go to prison for five to six years. His lawyer is hoping for a conditional sentence with no jail time.

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