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4 Accused of Coercing 400 Thai Workers into Forced Labor

HeadlineSep 03, 2010

A Hawaii grand jury has indicted four people on charges of forcing around 400 Thai nationals to work as farm laborers after luring them to the United States. Prosecutors say the defendants are employees of the Los Angeles-based labor contractor Global Horizons Manpower. The workers were allegedly promised lucrative jobs, only to have their passports seized and forced to pay thousands of dollars in so-called “recruitment” fees that were financed by their property and homes.

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