JURIST Supported by the University of Pittsburgh

THIS DAY AT LAW
Today in legal history...

Friday, September 02, 2011

DOJ brought charges in largest US human trafficking case
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On September 2, 2010, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that a Hawaii grand jury had indicted six people on human trafficking charges. The defendants allegedly enticed approximately 400 Thai nationals to come to the US by falsely promising them job opportunities and then forcing them to work at farms in Washington and Hawaii by threatening economic harm. According to the indictment, the six people, three of whom work for Global Horizons Manpower, charged the Thai nationals high recruitment fees, which the Thai nationals paid by taking out loans secured by their house or land. The defendants told the Thai nationals that if they refused to work on the farms, they would be sent back to Thailand where they would be unable to repay the loans and risk having their houses and land foreclosed on. Prosecutors also claimed that some workers were forced to pay $3,750 to keep their jobs. The defendants face maximum prison sentences ranging from five to 70 years.



Learn more about the DOJ human trafficking from the JURIST news archive.




Link post | IM post | go to JURIST | © JURIST, 2011


LATEST DAYS

 President Kennedy assassinated, VP Lyndon Johnson sworn inin
November 22, 2014

 UN Security Council called for Israeli withdrawal from territories occupied in Six Days' War
November 22, 2014

 click for more...

SYNDICATION

Add This Day at Law to your RSS reader or personalized portal:
  • Add to Google
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Subscribe with Bloglines
  • Add to My AOL

E-MAIL

Subscribe to This Day at Law alerts via R|mail. Enter your e-mail address below. After subscribing and being returned to this page, please check your e-mail for a confirmation message.
MyBlogAlerts also e-mails alerts of new This Day at Law entries. It's free and fast, but ad-based.

CONTACT

This Day at Law welcomes reader comments, tips, URLs, updates and corrections. E-mail us at archives@jurist.org