REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – A man convicted of trafficking a Filipino nanny to Canada has been granted a new trial.
An appeals court overturned the conviction of Franco Orr, who allegedly lied to get Leticia Sarmiento into Canada from Hong Kong and then treated her like a slave.
Sarmiento was reportedly made to work 16 hours a day, with no days off and no holidays. She was also only reportedly paid $500 per month to take care of Orr’s three children.
Orr’s wife Nicole Huen was acquitted of the charges.
In 2013, Orr received an 18-month jail term.
It was the first such human trafficking conviction in Canada.