2011 Photo Throwdown: Day 136

(iPhone – May 16, 2011)

This is the West Vancouver home where Mumtaz Ladha, 55, is accused of having forced a 21-year-old African woman to work in demeaning and slave-like conditions for one year. Police say Ladha brought her over from Africa on the promise that she would get her a work visa and a job at a Vancouver-area hair salon. Instead, the young girl was allegedly forced to work 18 hours a day, seven days a week, doing humiliating chores like hand-washing everyone’s underwear, hand-washing their cars and even hand-washing the cars of guests who came over. Police said she was also underfed, and was often only fed table scraps.

Read the whole story here.

Friend and colleague Erin Loxam and I have pledged to take and upload one photo every day for all of 2011. See how she’s doing here.

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