Ferenc Domotor, Gyula Domotor, Gyongyi Kolompar and Ferenc Domotor Jr.

Hellbeast Domotor family
Clockwise from top left: Attila Kolompar, 35; Gizella Domotor, 42; Gyula Domotor, 32; Gizella (Eva) Kolompar, 41; Lajos Domotor, 42.

Crimes: Slavery, Human Trafficking

Call me naive, but I never really considered human trafficking to be a Canadian problem. Until now, thanks to the Domotor family.

Ferenc Domotor and his brother Gyula Domotor of Hungary arrived in Canada in 1998. They were facing extortion charges in Hungary, which is probably one of the reasons they emigrated. Both of the Domotors settled with their families in Hamilton, Ontario. Being industrious fellows, they set up a stucco business.

For years Ferenc and Gyula Domotor lived apparently exemplary lives as Canadians, aside from an embarrassing shoplifting conviction in 2001. Ferenc and his wife Gyongi Kolompar had swiped some sweaters from a Sears store and got caught. Naughty, naughty, but certainly not enough to raise any alarms with authorities.

In 2008 Canada loosened visa requirements for Hungarian citizens and Ferenc and Gyula immediately brought their brothers, sisters and in-laws to join them in Hamilton.

The Domotor family was now ready to set up business as a crime organization. Their scheme was to recruit unemployed people from their hometown Papa, Hungary, to come work for them in Canada. They promised these jobless people they would earn incomes in the range of thousands of dollars per month. They even promised to pay the airfare to Canada. With few jobs to be had in Papa, it was tantalizing bait.

The Domotors, of course, had no plans whatsoever to pay these people any kind of income. And so began a flow of slave labour arriving in Canada.

Hellbeast Ferenc DomotorTypically, Ferenc Domotor and Gyongi Kolompar would pick up the new arrivals from Pearson International Airport. They would take possession of the passports and then drive them to their comfortable residence in the suburb of Ancaster.

The conditions the new arrivals were presented with, however, were much less than comfortable. The men were made to sleep in the basement and were fed only one meal per day comprised mostly of table scraps.

There was no escape from the Domotor house/prison. The doors and windows were locked and alarms had been installed.

And even if the slaves escaped they knew no English and they had no papers or money. They were well and truly trapped in this hellish existence.

The Domotors made sure their existence was hellish.

The men were taken to construction sites and made to work very long hours every day — often 15 hours, for no money. Some men worked for the stucco business and others were farmed out to other companies including a lumberyard and tiling contractor — all part of the Domotor empire. They were also forced to clean the luxurious houses of the Domotor families.

Beatings and threats were commonplace. That was how the slaves were kept in line. Can you imagine the lives they led? Being kept in a prison, being starved, being beaten, being threatened with death if they didn’t work hard enough or fast enough. These poor people lived through hell thanks to the Domotors.

Some of these victims worked as slaves for years (YEARS!), and the Domotors got every cent they could out of them. Aside from the free labor, the slaves were forced to file false refugee claims, file for social assistance and set up bank accounts. The Domotors, of course, took the debit cards and the welfare money.

As well, credit cards were taken out in the victims’ names, and subsequent purchases were not ever paid for. And back in Hungary some of the victims even had their property stolen by the Domotor gang. They were left with nothing, and the monstrous Domotors got everything.

Ferenc Domotor's HouseAnd so, on the backs of these slaves, the Domotors lived a very nice lifestyle indeed. In the fall of 2009 Ferenc and Gyula Domotor moved into new houses priced at half a million dollars each. They had fancy vehicles and they paid for ocean cruises with cash.

The flaw with the whole slavery scheme was that it relied heavily upon the inability of the slaves to communicate their plight to individuals who were not part of the Domotor organization. And years of working on job sites with Canadians inevitably allowed the victims to pick up some English.

In December 2009 this vicious slavery scheme was finally being brought to light. A new arrival, Sandor Simon, was taken to the welfare office to file the usual fraudulent claim. Before leaving for Ontario Works, the other 3 victims in the house pleaded with him to alert the case worker to their plight, fearing it might be their only chance to get out.

Through an interpreter, Sandor Simon told the case worker he was in trouble and needed help. He had arrived in Canada 2 weeks earlier and was being kept in the basement of a house at 362 Mohawk Rd. East with 3 other men.

“I was in shock,” program director Carolin Anderson said. “I just felt so horrible for this gentleman. I mean, he looked sick. He and the interpreter were just beside themselves.”

Carolin Anderson called the RCMP and two investigators showed up at the Ontario Works office within a short time to interview Sandor Simon. On Dec. 23, the very next day, RCMP officers showed up at 362 Mohawk Rd. East.

There they saw a man leave the house and get into a van. One of the RCMP officers approached him and asked him with hand gestures if he wanted to leave the house. The man indicated yes.

rescued slavesDamn right he said yes! The RCMP could not know that on 2 occasions this man, Janos Acs, had actually escaped from the house and even approached police officers on the street, but couldn’t make himself understood.

Janos Acs had stretched out his arms and put his wrists together and “I told the police to cuff me up and put me in jail because I don’t want to go back there. … But the police were just laughing at me,” he said. “They sent me away. They didn’t understand a word I was trying to say.” How frustrating and heartbreaking it must have been for him — so close to freedom he could taste it, yet sent back to his captivity.

So on December 23, 2010, Janos Acs went back in the house with these officers to retrieve his belongings. Once inside, the RCMP discovered the 3 other victims in the basement. The 4 men, now freed from captivity, all left with the officers to provide statements.

In January 2010, victim David Bogdan somehow managed to escape from Ferenc Domotor’s basement/prison and went straight to police.

Around the same time, a contractor contacted the RCMP about Tamas Miko, a young man working on one of his job sites, and also living in Ferenc Domotor’s basement.

Victim Tamas MikoIn January 2010 RCMP Constable Lepa Jankovic met with Tamas Miko and the contractor and was able to communicate in Hungarian. She took Tamas Miko to a shelter in St. Catharines along with many other rescued slaves.

In all 19 victims stepped forward.

Escaping from the Domotors proved to be difficult. The crime family and their associates managed to track their freed slaves down. Police had to move the men from safe house to safe house for the next few weeks, but each time the Domotors found them and threatened them.

Constable Lepa Jankovic’s life was also in peril when a hit man was hired to kill her. Kudos to her for not backing down!

The Domotors back in Hungary did their part and began threatening the victims’ families there. They repeatedly phoned and showed up at Tamas Miko’s father’s home, threatening to murder him if Tamas didn’t recant his testimony.

The RCMP investigation didn’t stop the Domotors from continuing to lure workers into Canada. They even began stealing mail from Canada Post boxes to supplement their criminal incomes.

In October 2010 the RCMP arrested and charged 9 people with human trafficking: Ferenc Domotor, 48, Ferenc Domotor Jr., 20, Gyongyi Kolompar, 40, Gizella Kolompar, 41, Lajos Domotor, 42, Ferenc Karadi, 47, Gizella Domotor, 42, Attila Kolompar, 35, and Gyula Domotor, 32.

Gyula Domotor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 7 1/2 years in prison. After consideration for time already served and for pleading guilty, Gyula Domotor has only to spend 30 more months behind bars. He will be out October 2014 at the latest.

Ferenc Domotor pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit human trafficking, being part of a criminal organization and coercing his victims to mislead Immigration.

The hellbeast was sentenced to 9 years in prison, which is the stiffest sentence for human trafficking ever handed out in Canadian courts. But while 9 years is a record for such a crime, this POS was ordered to only serve 4 1/2 years in a federal penitentiary after pre-trial jail time and his guilty plea were taken into account. He’ll be out October 2016 at the latest.

Ferenc Domotor’s wife, Gyongyi Kolompar pleaded guilty to coercing victims to mislead immigration and welfare fraud exceeding $5,000. She was sentenced to time spent in prison — no additional jail time for her! WTF? She benefited from slave labor as much as her husband did, and was certainly as complicit as he was! That bitch got off easy!

Gyongyi Kolompar was ordered to repay the city of Hamilton the money she collected in bogus Ontario work program payments while pretending to be a single family-supporter and mother. Good! But after selling one of the family’s homes for more than $700,000, Gyongyi Kolompar wrote a cheque for $24,865.14 that bounced when city officials tried to cash it. Yeah, good luck getting any money out of that bitch!

Ferenc Domotor’s son Ferenc Jr. pleaded guilty to the same charges his father faced.

Ferenc Jr. was sentenced to 5 years in prison, but he was ordered to serve only 16 months after receiving credit for time spent in prison before his trial plus for pleading guilty. He’ll be out of prison August 2013 at the latest.

Somehow it doesn’t seem right to me. These poor Hungarians were lured to Canada and once here they were forced to work endless hours/endless years without pay, fed meager table scraps, and suffered brutal living conditions and violence. Should the Domotors not be made to make recompense to these individuals? I think their expensive houses and cars and large bank accounts should be confiscated so that their victims can get some compensation for their suffering.

Of all the Domotors, Gyula is the only one who became a Canadian citizen. I hope that the entire bunch of them (Gyula too) is tossed out of the country — penniless — as soon as they have served their sentences. Hopefully they face arrest and prison back in Hungary too. And hopefully they will do a long stint in hell as well.

The entire lot of them care nothing for anyone or anything but themselves. They were willing, and probably still are willing, to abuse innocent people in almost every conceivable way to satisfy their greed. They were also willing to arrange a murder and to threaten people with death. None of them have any business being free in society.

So rot in hell, Domotors and associates, rot in hell.

The Globe and Mail article and video
The Spec article
Guelph Mercury article

6 Responses to Ferenc Domotor, Gyula Domotor, Gyongyi Kolompar and Ferenc Domotor Jr.

  1. moodymagic says:

    These people need to burn in hell. Why are they not forced to compensate the poor people they enslaved. It just disgusts me.

  2. Trace says:

    Gyongyi Kolompar got off way way too easy. She had those people locked in her basement and cleaning her house. She picked them up from the airport for chrissakes knowing full well they were going to be forced into slavery, so it’s not like she can claim ignorance. She should have faced the same charges as her husband and son and spent a lot more time in jail. She should at least have spent the same amount of time in prison as she made their slaves spend in her basement.

  3. dogwalker says:

    I bet the former slaves are still worried sick about their relatives in Hungary being hurt by the gang’s relatives and associates there. Why weren’t the Domotors made to hand over all their money so these people could at least start their new life in Canada? I just shudder to think what would have happened if one of the slaves got sick — would they have gotten them medical help or left them to die in the basement?

  4. 2cute says:

    These assholes benefited greatly from their lives of crime and their victims got nothing but hardship. I know that Ferenc and Gyula Domotor got the harshest sentences ever in Canada for human trafficking, but it still doesn’t seem like enough. And Ferenc Jr. did the same crimes as his dad and he got a real bargain. I wish they could all be dropped penniless in a country where they didn’t speak the language and be made to survive on nothing. They’d still be better off than the lives their slaves led.

  5. scrappy says:

    Gosh, pray these sick bastids are deported. Why have they been given such lenient sentences?

    I wish we could start sending the true hellbeasts criminals into the wilderness to fend for themselves instead of into a comfy prison.

    Canada has that great frozen north…that would be a fabulous punishment. We’ve got some pretty hellish desert territory here in the U.S., custom made for a hellbeast. There are some pretty remote, barely vegitated mountains we could use too.

    Damn, I hate that people seem to get off so easy if they are just brazen enough to care not one wit about how they harm and victimize others. Makes me wanna grab a semi-automatic weapon…

  6. Some1 says:

    If I my this story has brought me some joy today.
    To read about a How and what this family had to do makes me prepared and alert. If you ask me I think it could not have gone better.
    The Brave Canadians and victims see their villains in chains that is a true justice. Learn about their operation, learn other languages, and don’t let the bad guy make you a bad guy too. Or else human trafficking will make villains of us all.

    Please remember and share your fortune too those in need it may prevent someone to tern to slavers for help.

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