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In the U.S.: Thai workers may have been lured into slavery

In NEWSPRINT on September 15, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Thai farmworkers protested in front of the Wat Thai Buddhist temple in Sun Valley on Sept. 8. Their representative spoke on what federal authorities call the largest labor-trafficking case in U.S. history.

A federal grand jury in Honolulu indicted Mordechai Orian, president of Global Horizons Manpower Inc. and five of his associates for labor coercion of about 400 Thai farm workers.

A federal judge ruled that Orian, who turned himself in to the FBI in Honolulu, could be released to his Malibu home until his trial, provided that he post a $1-million bond and wear electronic monitoring. His trial is in November.

Jorge Guzman of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement urged the public to report any suspicions about human trafficking to law enforcement. He also praised the Thai Community Development Center for raising awareness about the problem.

By Stepfanie Aguilar

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