I just read this account:
- Trafficking charges were brought against a labor recruiting company.
- Hundreds of farmworkers, all brought over from Thailand, were trapped and held as slaves.
- The traffickers plunged them into debt and took away their passports.
- Threats to deport them so terrified the workers that they didn’t fight back.
It’s so sad that such things go on in this world in this day and age! Are these traffickers in India? Or somewhere in South America? Africa, perhaps?
Nope. It was in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company was based in Los Angeles, but it had placed the enslaved Thai workers on farms all across the United States.
Here is the end of the story:
Eight defendents were indicted, three of whom pleaded guilty. But last week a federal judge dismissed human trafficking charges against the company’s CEO, a second major executive, and business associates. No reason given.
And we wonder why other countries don’t listen when we lecture them.
“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and directions.”
John F. Kennedy