Foreign worker reports death threats, coercion

A temporary foreign worker who sold massage devices and other products in mall kiosks has reported he and his colleagues worked hundreds of hours for no pay, while forced to live under constant threat of deportation.

“It’s all organized from the start,” said Anton Soloviov, 25, who worked for 0860005 B.C. Ltd, a company run by B.C. resident Dor Mordechai and his wife, Anna Lepski.

The couple operated kiosks in malls in B.C.’s Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, including in Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre, where Soloviov worked.

“They import you as a worker. Then they put you to 12-hours-a-day work … and they don’t pay you. So basically, that’s human trafficking,” he said.