Woman charged with human trafficking


Ian Robertson | QMI AGENCY

A woman accused of human trafficking and enslaving foreigners to work for free is due in court Monday.

The RCMP announced Friday that Csilla Yit, who officers arrested two days earlier, was remanded in custody for the weekend.

"Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery," Staff-Sgt. Ash Lambert said in a statement.

Yit, 39, of Hamilton, Ont., was charged with five Criminal Code offences, including human trafficking, theft over $5,000 and destroying documents, plus four counts, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, of employing foreign nationals.

The RCMP said they identified three alleged victims after officers launched an investigation in response to a complaint received in July that claimed someone was engaged in human trafficking.

They also accused Yit of not paying four Hungarians to work in her restaurant, despite a promise of employment and "good wages" if they came to Canada.

Investigators claim the foursome was forced to live "in unsuitable accommodations without adequate food supplies, and live in fear from threats of arrest and deportation should they not comply."

Further details about the rescued Hungarians, the duties they performed in exchange for skimpy room and board or about the three alleged human trafficking victims was not revealed.

The name of Yit's restaurant was not disclosed.

She is scheduled to be in court Monday for a bail hearing.

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