Immigration and border-services officials are expected to testify Thursday during the trial of a West Vancouver woman charged with human trafficking.
Mumtaz Ladha, 57, has pleaded not guilty to one count of human trafficking, two counts of misrepresentation, and an employment violation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
She is accused of luring a 21-year-old woman from Tanzania to Canada with the promise of a job in a hair salon but then forcing her to work up to 18 hours a day, seven days a week without pay.
But defence lawyer Eric Gottardi says the alleged victim — whose identity is now protected by a publication ban issued on Thursday — was a companion of Ladha and was treated like a member of the family.
The trial is expected to last for a month.