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Feds Charge Six in Slave Labor Of 400 Thai Workers, Largest Human-Trafficking Case In U.S. History

Feds Charge 6 In Forced Labor Of 400 Thai Workers, Largest Human-Trafficking Case In U.S. History MARK NIESSE | 09/ 2/10

HONOLULU — Six recruiters were accused Thursday of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the United States and forcing them to work, according to a federal indictment that the FBI called the largest human-trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history.

The indictment alleges that the scheme was orchestrated by four employees of labor recruiting company Global Horizons Manpower Inc. and two Thailand-based recruiters. It said the recruiters lured the workers with false promises of lucrative jobs, then confiscated their passports, failed to honor their employment contracts and threatened to deport them.

Once the Thai laborers arrived in the United States starting in May 2004, they were put to work and have since been sent to sites in states including Hawaii, Washington, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, according to attorneys and advocates……….

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/02/us-human-trafficking-thai-forced-labor_n_704290.html

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