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Dömötör-Kolompár criminal organization

Dömötör-Kolompár criminal organization
Location
Official language
Romani
Leader
Ferenc Dömötör
Second-in-command
Gyula Dömötör

The Dömötör-Kolompár criminal organization was a Canadian human trafficking ring that was dismantled.[1] This crime family from Pápa, Hungary moved to Canada en masse and applied for refugee status.[2] The organization was composed of an extended Romani family, and they settled in Hamilton, Ontario.[3] They lured up to 19 people from Pápa to Hamilton and then used them for the purpose of unfree labour, forcing them to do construction work without paying them.[4] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued approximately 60 charges against members of the organization.[5]

Ferenc Dömötör, the leader of the organization, was arrested on October 9, 2010 and charged with fraud and human trafficking.[6] Nine members pleaded guilty to charges of human trafficking, and 17 members were convicted of related offences.[7] Gyula Dömötör, the man with the second highest position in the organization, received a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, the harshest sentence anyone had ever received in Canada for human trafficking at that time,[8] until Ferenc Dömötör later received a 9-year prison sentence.[9] Michael Csoke of the Hamilton Police Fugitive Apprehension Unit, who was part of the initial investigation into the organization's activities, criticized Canada's immigration laws for being so lax as to allow the Dömötörs and the Kolompárs into the country.[10] 20 members of the family were deported.[11]

References

  1. ^ Ian Robertson (April 3, 2012). "Head of human trafficking ring gets 9 years". The London Free Press. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rob Lamberti (March 2, 2012). "Human trafficking kingpin to be deported". The London Free Press. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Accused human traffickers waive preliminary hearing". The Hamilton Spectator. June 15, 2011. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Samina Esha (April 4, 2012). "Ferenc Domotor sentenced to nine years in prison in Canada's largest-ever human trafficking ring". National Post. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "New charges in human trafficking case". The Hamilton Spectator. December 18, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tamara Cherry (October 12, 2010). "Human trafficking charge laid". Chatham Daily News. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ Nicole O'Reilly (June 9, 2012). "Toews thanks team for stopping human traffickers". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Adrian Morrow (March 29, 2012). "Judge hands down Canada's toughest penalty for human trafficking". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nicole O'Reilly (April 4, 2012). "Slavery boss given record 9-year sentence". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ Michael Csoke (April 17, 2012). "International criminals slipping into Canada". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Canada deports 20 human traffickers back to Hungary". 22 July 2014.