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It was 5:30 in the when Edwin Canilang realized he had been bought and .

Crowded in the back of a van heading north of Toronto with four other Filipino men last summer, the skilled welder faced another unpaid day on a cleanup detail at a bottling plant.

He had been good and a job. Instead his had been taken from him and he had been to live in a in Toronto with eight men, four to a bed. Later they were trucked north to their new home – a filthy, farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.

Some were into service at a water bottling plant. Others dug ditches or picked up garbage around a large rural estate of their employer. The workers, with , did every menial job thrown at them. None of the work involved welding and plumbing, the work they had been promised.

Settling back in his seat, Canilang seethed as the driver headed east to deliver his workers –to job sites in Barrie and Orillia.

Their ordeal ended six weeks later when one worker ran and contacted the Philippine which came to the men.

“We didn't believe such existed here,” Canilang, 32, said recently from the of a new home and job in Saskatoon. “Canada has such a great worldwide.”

“This was nothing of ,” said Frank Luna, the labour attaché with the Filipino consulate in Toronto. “This was a chain gang without the chains.”

Cappelen Damm

Sist oppdatert: 21.06.2012

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