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Vancouver agency charges foreign nannies huge fees

Domestic workers exploited by agencies, says B.C. mother

A Vancouver nanny agency is under fire from a couple in Richmond, B.C., for charging their prospective Filipina nanny more than she'd earn in a year at her current job for the promise of work in Canada.

I was completely devastated that she should be paying into this," said Verena Klose. "She's coming here looking for work and here she is being told, before you even get to start in Canada, pay up."

A-Pro Caregivers and Nannies is one of the biggest caregiver agencies in Vancouver. The owner, El Apostol, told CBC News she has brought approximately 500 foreign nannies to B.C. since 2001 — and all of them were charged thousands of dollars in fees.

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shiela wrote: Posted: 2010/01/08 at 9:02 AM

they actually emailed me last year that if i am interested or anyfriend who wants to apply as a live in caregiver in canada the processing is fast and then at follow up emails they will tell you how much u need to pay. and they will set up a conference call like 3 way agency u and the employer for an interview.. good thing i didnt pay that fast