Posted: Sep 2, 2010 5:44 PM by Greg Boyce
HONOLULU (AP) - Federal authorities are accusing six people of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the United States and forcing them to work in what the FBI calls the largest human-trafficking case ever charged in U.S. history.
The indictment unsealed Thursday charges six people in a scheme involving Los Angeles-based recruiting company Global Horizons Manpower Inc. They each face maximum sentences ranging from 10 years to 70 years in prison. The indictment alleges four Global Horizons executives and two Thailand-based recruiters lured the workers with false promises of lucrative jobs and kept them working with threats of economic harm.
The FBI says many worked on Hawaii farms. A lawyer for some laborers say many have been sent to sites in California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.