A Vancouver man found guilty of illegally employing a foreign national has been given a three month conditional sentence.
Franco Orr was found guilty in September of illegally employing a foreign national as a nanny, known only as “L.S”.
As a condition of the sentence, Orr is not to have contact with “L.S.”
He’s also sentenced to community work service, and a probation order for nine months.
As for restitution, Orr does not need to pay “L.S.”, but “L.S.” will be pursuing a civil suit.
Human trafficking charge
However, Orr was acquitted on a second charge of human trafficking. Orr had previously been found guilty of human trafficking in 2013, but successfully appealed. At the time, he was the first person in Canada convicted of human trafficking under the Immigration Act.
Late last year, Orr entered a surprise guilty plea to the lesser charge of employing a foreign national without authorization.
He later withdrew that guilty plea, prompting a second trial to proceed.
The case stemmed from accusations by his family’s Filipino nanny that he’d created creating slave-like working conditions.
Prosecutors argued the woman, who was employed by Orr and his wife to take care of their three children, was forced to work long hours with no time off from 2008-2010 for only $500 per month.
The Crown has asked for a sentence of six months community service with minimal conditions, plus restitution for the nanny he had illegally employed; Orr’s lawyer has countered by asking for an absolute conditional discharge with no restitution.