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OFWs campaign for justice

  Antonio, Ermie & Arnisito have been staying in the home of a friend since the three were kicked out of their apartment.
(Photo by Diwa Marcelino)

WINNIPEG – When Antonio Laroya, Arnisito Gaviola and Ermie Zotomayor left their families in the Philippines to come to Alberta, Canada in 2007, they never expected they would be jailed and facing deportation three years later.

The three fathers came to Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to work at a gas station in High Prairie, Alberta. Although it is illegal in Alberta for recruiters to charge workers a fee for finding employment, the three were charged $3,000 each to land their minimum wage jobs.