2. Before coming to Canada, at the beginning of June, [Victor] and I attended the birthday party of a close friend of mine [abroad], [Moli]. […]
3. During the birthday party, [Ms. LI] who was a friend of [Moli] and who I might have met before, approached me and we chatted briefly. After learning that [Victor] was from Canada, [Ms. LI] mentioned that she might go to Canada as well and asked to add me as a friend in [a social media app]. I did not know her well but out of politeness I gave her my [social media app] ID.
6. After arriving in Canada, I posted the news of [my arrival] on [a social media app] and photographs of [Victor] and me together in [a city].
7. [Ms. LI] started chatting with me through [social media] and mentioned that she was in [the same city] too and would need some help to purchase shampoo, conditioner and body wash due to her very limited English language ability. She also complained that she was bored out of her mind since she could not watch Chinese movies and TV programs on her cell phone.
8. I felt sympathy for her and decided to help her with the purchase of shampoo, conditioner and body wash. I also told her that I could lend her my [brand name] tablet to watch Chinese movies and TV programs. Although I did not know her well, it is a Chinese tradition that you treat the friend of your friend as if she were your friend.
9. On or around June 10th or 12th, 2015, I met [Ms LI] at [a supermarket] in [the same city]. […] I gave [Ms. LI] the [brand name] tablet. She said she will return it to me once she had a chance to buy one.
11. [Ms. LI] sent me several messages over [social media] and asked me to join her for her birthday celebration on [a particular day]. I was not able to attend. She stopped sending me [social media] messages for two days and then asked me to cook a meal for her birthday. I enjoy cooking and have a reputation as being a good cook among friends.
12. On July 14, 2015, [Victor] and I went to [a shopping centre] and I bought a blush for [Ms. LI] as a birthday gift.
13. In the morning of July 15, 2015, […], I took the fish, chicken and some vegetables [Victor] and I bought at [a market] two days earlier and [went to the address mentioned in the local police and CBSA statements mentioned above] to visit [Ms. LI]. […]
14. I arrived at [the address mentioned above] around 10:30am, a lady opened the door for me and [Ms. LI] came out and brought me to the kitchen to put the food in the fridge. She then showed me a closet on the second floor to store my backpack and jacket. We then went back to the kitchen and she offered me some water. The door bell rang and she went to answer the door and did not come back. After a while, I asked the other lady in the kitchen whether I could use the washroom and she told me to use the 2nd floor washroom.
15. While I was getting out of the washroom, [Ms.LI] was about to knock on the door and she mentioned that the police was there and asked me to take the [brand name] tablet from her room as the police might seize it.
16. The washroom was very close to her bedroom. She opened the bedroom door to point to the location of the closet and mentioned that she hid the tablet on the top of the closet among some blankets.
17. I ran into the bedroom and after I went in, the bedroom door closed automatically as this was the type of door installed in that house.
18. When I first went in I did not even notice there was a man in her bedroom as I had left my […] prescription glasses in the kitchen. My glasses were heavy and after sweating, it got uncomfortable so I took them off to give my nose some rest. Another reason I did not notice the man was because my back was facing him.
19. While I was searching the tablet, I heard the police knocking on the door and I opened it right away.
20. After the door was opened, the man said something and I then noticed that he was in the bedroom and in the process of putting his shirt on.
21. The police alleged that I was wearing “a peach coloured lingerie top, which was very revealing, no bottoms”. This was false. I was wearing a peach pink summer dress with spaghetti straps, not a lingerie top. […]
22. The dress had a low collar as a typical summer dress. This was the dress I was wearing when I arrived at [the house] and I obviously was wearing short underneath. The length of the dress was up to my knees and it is not transparent therefore it is not possible for the police to see whether I had bottom on or not.
23. The man in the room went out and the police started asking him questions.
24. I do not remember the police asking me questions.
25. I went to put on my jacket. On my way to go downstairs, [Ms. LI] met me at the top of the stair case and told me that the police was going to take all of us to the police station. She offered to lend me her t-shirt and short as my dress was not suitable if we needed to stay at the police station overnight. I agreed.
26. I called [Victor] as everyone was calling the people they knew. I thought the police was only going to take us for questioning and there should not be any other problems. I told [Victor] that he did not need to come to the house even though he called me several time insisting he should come over.
27. At the [CBSA office], I was questioned by a female officer. After the female officer explained to me why we were arrested, I told her that I did not do what she said, I was only visiting a friend. She did not ask me any details.
28. I did not tell her I was not working as stated in the notes. I told her I did not do what she said.
29. The officer asked me where [Victor] lives. I told her I could not pronounce the name of the street, however I [could describe the location]. I tried to pronounce [the location] several times for her and the officer kept saying “What? What? I don’t understand” and concluded that I did not know where [Victor] lives which is not true.
30. The officer asked me about [Victor]’s family name. I told her my pronunciation might not be very good but it was [Corneille]. Since my pronunciation is not in standard English, again the officer kept asking “what? what? I don’t understand” and concluded that I did not know, which is false. [Victor] has translated his name to [a common unofficial language] for me so that it’s easier for me to pronounce.
31. The officer also asked me about what I did in Canada. I told her [Victor] and I toured around the city […] and went to places such as [different local attractions] to take a walk, […], etc.
32. The officer then asked [Victor]’s phone number, however she did not try to call him to verify the information I gave her.
33. The officer did not ask me to describe [Victor’s home], such as how many stories what is the street number [etc.]. If she did, I would have been able to tell her. I do not understand why the officer concluded in her report that I could not describe the place where [Victor] lives.
34. After the arrest, I was devastated, not because I might have to leave Canada but because even though I was innocent it was hard for my side of the story to be heard as I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and facing allegations from the police and government officers. […]
35. I knew [Ms. LI] had gambling problems but I did not know prior to the arrest that she was a sex trade worker. If I knew, I would not have visited her in that place.
36. After I was released, several friends, including [Victor], have asked the questions why [Ms. LI] asked me to go into her room to get the tablet when her client was still inside and why she could not get it herself. The more I thought about it, the more I became angry at her. A few of my friends, including [Moli], and I have deleted her from our [social media] group.
37. Sometimes I blamed myself for offering to lend [Ms. LI] the tablet. If I did not, I would not be in the situation I am. However helping others when you can is what I was taught growing up.