It’s a shocking development in one of Vancouver’s most closely watched cases.
Human trafficking charges will likely be dropped against a Vancouver man once convicted of that same crime.
Franco Orr was the first person in Canada to be convicted of human trafficking under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, after his Filipino nanny had accused him of turning her into a virtual slave.
That conviction was tossed out by the B.C. Court of Appeal and a new trial was ordered.
But in October without fanfare or attention, Orr actually pleaded guilty to the charge of employing a foreign national without authorization.
He’s back in court later this month to set a date for sentencing.
The other charges against him, including human trafficking, are expected to be dropped.