Canada Border Services Agency arrests 30 mall workers in Ottawa, Gatineau

Published: December 20, 2011 10:21 a.m.
Last modified: December 20, 2011 11:21 a.m.

The Canada Border Services Agency arrested 30 people Monday in raids targeting illegal foreign workers in shopping malls in Gatineau and Ottawa.

"Those people are currently being detained and will have a detention review hearing Thursday in Montreal," said CBSA spokesman Stephane Malepart.

Malepart said the people arrested were working at kiosks selling beauty products at Bayshore Shoping Centre, Place d'Orleans, Carlingwood Mall, St. Laurent Shoping Centre, Hazeldean Mall, Billings Bridge Shopping Centre,  Les Galeries de Hull and Les Promenades de l'Outaouais.

Malepart said the arrests happened toward the end of the business day.

He said more information will be released at the detention review hearing, which must be held within 48 hours of an arrest.  Those arrested may be detained longer pending an admissability hearing if they are deemed a flight risk or danger to the public by the presiding Immigration and Refugee Board member. They can also be released or released with conditions, Malepart said.

A similar arrest happened in Gatineau in November, Malepart said.

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