CALGARY — Briefly unable to talk past his tears, Howard Ho spoke of his devastation at learning the woman he hoped to marry will be deported from Canada after working illegally at an alleged bawdy house.
“She said she wanted to marry me,” said Ho, who flew in from Toronto to try to post bond at a deportation hearing to keep Mui Fan Wong in Canada.
“I am a poor man with no money and still she like me,” he sobbed. “She considered me a nice guy.”
Wong, who said she came to Canada from Hong Kong to sightsee in July, admitted at the hearing she earned money as a masseuse travelling from Edmonton to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, earning less than $10,000 since October.
She was ordered deported early next week for working without a visa, in violation of federal laws.
Wong was arrested during a recent investigation where undercover officers said they bought two women for $8,000.
Linh Quy To, 52, has been charged with trafficking in persons and numerous other crimes after police claim she advertised sex services from Asian girls online, booking in clients while working at her hair salon.
She’s also accused of giving directions to houses where women were sexually exploited.
As for Wong, she was not charged criminally but will be deported for working without a permit.