A young woman of Thai descent, Kai (34 years), has traveled to Canada with her husband and children. Her husband is of Canadian decent. Kai has shared the following information with a worker in the local women’s shelter.
Upon arriving in Canada, the couple took up residence in a town of about 15,000 people with close access to a larger, metropolitan area. Shortly after settling in their new home the husband became physically and verbally abusive. Kai states that this is not a new behaviour but that the severity of the abuse has escalated. While in Thailand, Kai states that her husband often allowed men to have sexual relations with her for money. Kai also states that her husband has started entertaining men, from the city, in their home on a regular basis. Two weeks ago, Kai arrived at the women’s shelter after an incident in the couple’s home. Police were called by a neighbour following a loud argument. Police interviewed the couple and charged them both with assault. Kai came to the shelter following the police visit.
Kai believes her husband wants her to have sex with men for money. Kai states that she is afraid to tell the police because of the possibility of deportation. Her husband has a large family here and she believes he will be supported in keeping her children and having her sent back to Thailand. Kai is fearful of the police and unsure of how to proceed. Kai is awaiting a decision regarding the assault charge; at this time the courts are not willing to dismiss the charge.
Kai’s husband is in possession of her passport and all other identification which would be required to apply for citizen status. Kai is currently in the country on visitors’ status. Husband had informed Kai he would support her application to apply for permanent status prior to moving here but now denies that he at any time agreed to that arrangement. Kai’s pending criminal charge will affect her application and possibly result in her being deported. This would inevitably cause her to lose contact with her children and the charges would make it impossible for her to return to Canada in the future.