Image via Flickr user imagensevangelicas. Last week, the government announced that the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) had removed 20 members of a massive human trafficking gang from Canada and deported them back to their native Hungary. The Domotor-Kolompar crime ring—headed by kingpin Fernec Domotor—was busted up in 2010 when a victim escaped and told authorities about the atrocities he and 18 others were forced to endure. The case is the largest known human trafficking ring in Canadian history, exposing a problem in this country that reaches far beyond this Hungarian crime family. “The removal of these foreign criminals convicted of human trafficking demonstrates how our government is keeping Canadians safe,” said Steve Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. But does it really keep Canadians safe, as Blaney suggests? Or does it merely demonstrate the fact that human trafficking is a problem that is happening right under our noses and we have no idea? In this case alone, there were 19 victims who had been recruited from Hungary and had their passports immediately confiscated. They were housed in the basements of homes located in busy suburban neighbourhoods in Hamilton. They were seen by neighbours leaving the house early every day and returning late every evening. They went to work. After being threateneningly encouraged by the gang to do so, they convinced Canadian authorities to put them on social assistance. And no one had a clue anything what was going on until two years later when one of them managed to escape.