Saturday, February 18, 2006

Making it in Canada

The real life story of one Korean sushi chef, his place of employment and our exposure to human trafficking.

It's a long one.


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Quicktime, ~59Mb, 15min

13 Comments:

At February 19, 2006, Blogger dskippy said...

Wow, that's amazing. It's really tragic that things like this are still happening today. I'm both impressed and very greatful that you guys undertook what was probably a bigger risk than we all realize. Thanks for sharing your story. Thanks for not being those "good people that do nothing" that "allow evil to succeed". I'm glad the restaurant has not staff now. Maybe now that you're friend is off in Vancouver you can call the police? Good luck. Thanks again.

-mike

 
At February 19, 2006, Blogger Devlon said...

Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by.

Yeah, it's pretty messed up. It's tough to not do something when you learn about something like that. Anne has a report into the local police, but no action, not even any communication so far.

We are talking about other means to get this story out, people need to hear about it so maybe it will make it harder for them to carry on like this.

 
At February 20, 2006, Blogger Steve Garfield said...

Powerful piece.

I will help you spread the word.

 
At February 20, 2006, Blogger Devlon said...

Hey Steve!

We have to admit that we are a bit frightened by the impact of your promotional power :)

 
At February 20, 2006, Blogger Carl Weaver said...

That's completely messed up. I am glad there are still good people out there who are willing to help others. Thanks for standing up for a fellow person. I hope things work out okay for your friend.

We have the same kind of things happening where I live. And the immigration folks are too busy screwing with people who accidentally mess up paperwork but are doing things legally. They should be screwing with folks who do this sort of thing - promising work papers, holding people more or less as hostages, etc.

Thanks for posting this.

Carl

 
At February 20, 2006, Blogger Killer B said...

Hi there. I made a post about your video too. I used to work in a Japanese/Chinese restaurant in Iowa that had about six employees who all lived in a house paid for by the owner. I don't think their arrangement was sketchy, but in addition to the other reasons I thought your video was important and courageous, I personally thought it was interesting. Congratulations for being good people who helped out a guy in need. I hope you get another report from him soon and that he is well.

 
At February 20, 2006, Blogger Devlon said...

Hi Carl, long time no read :)

I guess I should post more often.

And hello to you too 'B'.

I honestly didn't believe it at first, but once you know and go to the restaurant (when Anne was still working there) it is so obvious. We had to do something.

We hope to hear from him soon, but with his lack of work visa we worry that he'll get into the same trouble again since anyone that would employ him might be just as shady. I tried to get that across to him when he was here...but...not sure if he got it.

Thanks for the comments and the link :)

 
At March 11, 2006, Anonymous feedscott said...

Check out Project Canada. It is for real! http://feedscott.blogspot.com/2006/02/project-canada-vision-behind-van.html

 
At March 11, 2006, Blogger Devlon said...

Hi (feed)scott.

Not that it has much relevence to this post, but I did look into that Project Canada and I will be getting in touch with them. I'd like to feature portions of their adventure on loadedpun.com

Thanks for letting me know about them.

 
At April 09, 2006, Anonymous Shana said...

Both unbelievable and very believable, it is a huge shame for Canada as we are a country of rights and freedom yet we house criminals from other countries who take advantage of our kindness. How are we ever going to stop this from happening? I think what you and Anne did was very eye opening to the public,of how we can exspose these people and help the ones that they think they can control.

 
At April 10, 2006, Blogger Devlon said...

Hey Shana,

It would be nice if the people that had to power to stop it would do something. Anne was contacted by a border official from Kelowna and he asked if they could meet to discuss it. She said, sure...come to penticton...that was the end of it.

She never heard from him again.

 
At July 30, 2007, Anonymous Brenda Kalima Kobayashi said...

Hi, there,
I am a gloabl activist in fight human trafficking as my mother died as a victim of HT when I was 8. I will put an end to HT.

Take my hand and join me in being a part of global history making.

Brenda Kalima Kobayashi
Contact: WomenrNotCommodities@gmail.com

NYC STOP Human Trafficking
http://trafficking.meetup.com/4/?gj=sj3

LONDON STOP Human Traficking
http://trafficking.meetup.com/52/?gj=sj3

 
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