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Instead, the disguises are to help the Demitris hide from authorities in Canada the very country they hoped would provide them a safe haven.
Alessandra, who has several family members in the mafia, and Fabrizio, an exposed police informant, fled Italy in 2013 with their two sons, after the couple ran afoul of the mob.
Hoping to find safety in Canada, they have instead found a nightmare: Canadian authorities have ordered their deportation, despite the threat they still face in Italy.
After exhausting all legal avenues, the Demitris now rarely venture out of their Toronto home, but after a year underground, the couple have decided to go public with their story.
Im sick of hiding, said Alessandra, who wore a platinum blonde wig to an interview with the Guardian. We cant do this any more to our kids.
The couples troubles began a decade ago in Puglia, where Alessandras family was part of Sacra Corona Unita a notorious mob faction first established in 1981.
Despite her family ties, Alessandra distanced herself from the organization as a young woman.
In October 2009, she met Fabrizio, a local electrician. It wasnt until the two were married, with a second child on the way, that she discovered the true nature of his work: he was an undercover informant for the Italian police, tasked with infiltrating a local security company that authorities believed was working with the mafia.
But covert operations can be particularly dangerous in Italy, where separate security agencies share little information. Informants are rarely recorded on official documents, so once the work is completed, it can be difficult for them to receive protection or economic aid.
In 2012, Fabrizios lone handler was abruptly transferred, leaving Fabrizio without any way of communicating with police. A manager in the company blew his cover and co-workers began harassing him.