September 3, 2008

Elmvale 11: Victims of Illegal Recruitment

Elmvale 11 refers to the group of Filipino skilled workers who came to Canada last summer on promises of good jobs in Canada, but ended up working as modern-day slaves. They were victims of illegal recruitment.

The culprit here is a certain Imtazur Nasser Rahman who, according to report from TheStar.Com, charges as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.
Rahman's client list is a long one.

Nurses and nannies from the Philippines, crane operators from Dubai, labourers from India and China – all desperate to come to Canada – sought out his services. All were willing to pay big bucks.

Rahman recently closed down his office at Yonge St. and Davisville Ave. His abandoned business records show the menu of prices; Rahman demanded as much as $18,000 for obtaining a work permit and $30,000 for Canadian permanent residency.[Source]

For Filipino Workers who are planning to work in Canada, please be reminded that there is no placement fee for Canada-bound Workers. Early this year, POEA has suspended the license of a local recruitment agency and initiated charges against its counterpart in Canada for collecting placement fees from applicants for jobs in Canada.

The case of Elmvale 11 is similar to that of Maple Leaf workers who have paid $10,000.00 just to get their jobs.