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.
Main Afghan Bank Faces Collapse
The Afghan government, meanwhile, is facing the potential collapse of its largest bank. Scores of account holders have pulled their money from the Kabul Bank this week amidst speculation the bank is headed for insolvency. Kabul Bank has faced allegations of making illegal loans to well-connected insiders and shareholders. In an interview with the Washington Post, Mahmoud Karzai, a top shareholder and the brother of Hamid Karzai, called for US intervention to shore up the bank’s finances.