A Muslim woman has been charged with human trafficking in connection with a case in which a young woman was allegedly brought over from Africa and forced to work in demeaning and slave-like conditions in a lavish West Vancouver home.
Vancouver Sun – Mumtaz Ladha, 55, is wanted on a warrant for hiring the 21-year-old African woman, police said Monday afternoon. Police said Ladha allegedly promised the victim a work visa and a job at a Vancouver-area hair salon, but instead forced her to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week, in her home.
“This was work well beyond what you would expect reasonable working conditions to be in Canada,” said Const. Michael McLaughlin, a federal spokesman for the RCMP’s E Division. “Things like hand-washing underwear of all the people in the house, hand-washing cars, hand-washing the cars of guests who came over.
“She wasn’t given enough food. In some cases, she was forced to eat whatever was left over from a meal — table scraps, in other words. She had no money, her identity documents weren’t with her, and it’s our information that she was often only allowed to sleep when the other people in the home were all sleeping.”
The young woman was brought over during the summer of 2008 and lived in a “state of fear” for about one year at Ladha’s home, McLaughlin said. In June 2009, she learned the conditions she was living under were not acceptable and sought help at a women’s shelter.
The victim is now at a safe place in B.C., but police are keeping her identity private to protect her. Police would not disclose where in B.C. she is, or where in Africa she came from.
Police have not yet been able to make contact with Ladha. They believe she is not at home, and possibly not in the country. “She does have connections outside of the country. We want to make sure she comes and presents herself to the courts,” McLaughlin said.
As well, no one answered the door at the family’s upscale home in the British Properties, a three-storey, tan-colour building with large windows and a view of downtown Vancouver. The home has an outdoor basketball court, an indoor pool and is surrounded by chain-link fences. A Mercedes 560 SEL and an Infinity QX4 were parked on the driveway, neither with licence plates attached. The total value of the home was valued at $3,145,000 in 2011, according to a BC Assessment report.
THE EMPLOYER’S BROTHER, Nizar Ali Somji says she’s outta the country, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which happens to be a city built by an Arab Sultan where most of the business class come from the Middle East, and are of Sunni origin.
Tanzania which has a 35% Muslim population. Dar es Salaam location was to take advantage of the lucrative Arab trade routes, and we know historically, that the Arabs pretty well kept the slave trade going longer than any other nation on this planet. And that it is written into their Quran on how to deal with slaves as well.
Well, when it comes to exploitation, look no further than Traditional Islamic Law (fiqh):
“…elaborates significantly on the Qur’anic material concerning slavery. The enslavement of war captives is regulated, along with the purchase and sale of slaves. While it is not permissible to enslave other Muslims, the jurists clarify that if a non-Muslim converts to Islam after enslavement, he or she remains a slave and may be lawfully purchased and sold like any other slave. (This rule closes a potential loophole allowing for slaves to gain their freedom by the simple fact of conversion.) The law also prescribes penalties for slave owners who maltreat or abuse their slaves; these penalties can include forced manumission of the slave without compensation to the owner.”