SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Colonial-era Korean workers want a court to allow the sale of assets of their former Japanese employer so they can be compensated for forced labor decades ago.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to allowing her boyfriend to use her four children for forced labor.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A California man convicted of forcing immigrants to live in squalid conditions and work construction jobs for little or no pay has been sentenced to more than 8 ½ years in...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors charged Monday that a Northern California couple forced a Guatemalan woman and her two minor daughters to work long hours at a restaurant and cleaning...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A husband and wife charged with violently abusing a young autistic woman in Louisiana and forcing her to live in an outdoor cage pleaded guilty Monday to multiple crimes in...
Construction company owner convicted of forced labor
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury in Northern California has convicted the owner of a construction company of harboring workers from Mexico in the country illegally and forcing them to work...
SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (AP) — Seven Chinese men allege in a lawsuit that they were victims of a forced labor scheme while constructing a Saipan casino.
Woman convicted of coercing church members into forced labor
CHICAGO (AP) — An alleged self-appointed bishop of a Pennsylvania-based ministry has been found guilty by a federal jury in Chicago of collecting church members' wages and bogus travel-agent...
Texas pair convicted of enslaving African girl for 16 years
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A federal jury has found a suburban North Texas couple guilty of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years.
Jurors found Mohamed Toure (TOHR'-eh) and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, guilty Thursday of forced labor. They face up to 20 years in prison, but no sentencing date was immediately set.
S. Korea orders seizure of Japan assets over forced labor
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court said Wednesday it has ordered the seizure of local assets of a Japanese company after it refused to compensate several wartime forced laborers, in an escalation of a diplomatic brawl between the Asian neighbors.
Japan called the decision "extremely regrettable" and said it will push for talks with Seoul on the issue.
China blasts US media reports of forced work at Muslim camp
BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government lashed out Thursday at recent U.S. media reports about forced labor of mostly ethnic Muslim detainees in China's far western Xinjiang region.
The stories are "a malicious attack that severely distorts the fact," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a daily news briefing in response to a question from the state-run People's Daily newspaper.
Ex-restaurant owner sentenced for forced labor
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former owner of Thai restaurants who fraudulently obtained visas to bring cooks from Thailand and then compelled them to work long hours with minimal pay has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison.
Japan wants Seoul’s political decision on forced labor row
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's top diplomat said Wednesday that South Korea's government taking action to resolve a legal dispute stemming from South Korean court rulings on forced labor during Japanese colonial rule is emerging as a key diplomatic priority.
US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market.
Woman denies forcing foreigner to work for years without pay
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has pleaded not guilty to bringing a Sri Lankan woman to the U.S. and forcing her to work as a domestic servant for nine years against her will.
Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity entered her plea in federal court in Camden on Wednesday.
The 43-year-old Secaucus woman is charged with forced labor, alien harboring and marriage fraud. The U.S. attorney's office alleges she forced the victim to marry her so she could obtain legal status and continue to work without pay.
Japan firm warned of legal step over Korean forced laborers
TOKYO (AP) — Lawyers for Korean wartime forced laborers have demanded that a Japanese steelmaker respond to their request to discuss compensation, warning they will otherwise take steps to freeze its assets in their country.
S. Korea orders 2nd Japan firm to compensate forced laborers
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's top court on Thursday ordered a Japanese company to financially compensate 10 Koreans for forced labor during Tokyo's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula, in the second such ruling in a month that again drew quick, vehement protests from Japan.
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Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a potentially far-reaching decision, South Korea's Supreme Court ruled that a major Japanese steelmaker should compensate four South Koreans for forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II.
Cuban national guilty of smuggling 3 women to US to strip
MIAMI (AP) — A Cuban national living in Florida has been convicted of smuggling three women into the United States and forcing them to work at strip clubs to pay off the imposed debt.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami says Ivan Madrigal Zamora pleaded guilty Monday to encouraging and inducing an alien to reside in the United States and forced labor trafficking. There are conflicting reports as to whether Zamora is 46 or 47 years old. He's set to be sentenced in January.
2nd guilty plea about autistic relative held captive
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans-area man has admitted keeping an autistic relative captive in a tent, a shed and a cage installed for animals in the back yard of the trailer home he shared with his mother, stepfather and stepsister. Jody Lambert of Amite also admitted shoving the woman to the ground, regularly insulting and threatening her, and knowing about other physical and emotional abuse.
Louisiana woman pleads guilty after relative held captive
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana woman has pleaded guilty in a case in which a woman relative was held captive — sometimes in a makeshift cage, federal prosecutors said.
Texas couple accused of enslaving Guinean girl for 16 years
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A suburban Fort Worth couple accused of enslaving a Guinean woman for 16 years has been indicted on federal charges that include forced labor.
A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Mohamed Toure and Denise Cros-Toure, who are the son and daughter-in-law of a former president of the West African country of Guinea.
Texas couple indicted on charges they enslaved Guinean girl
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The son and daughter-in-law of a former West African leader have been indicted on charges that they enslaved a girl from their native country while living in Texas.
Mohamed Toure (too-RAY') and his wife, Denise Cros-Toure, were named in an indictment returned Wednesday. The Fort Worth residents, both 57, are charged with forced labor, alien harboring and conspiracy. Mohamed Toure also is charged with making false statements to federal agents.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging everyone to combat the "shameful crime" of human trafficking, noting that it's often linked to migrant smuggling.
In remarks Sunday to the public in St. Peter's Square, Francis decried that many adults and children are trafficked into slavery for forced labor, sex businesses, organ trafficking, begging rackets and other criminal activities.
Francis noted that the United Nations will dedicate Monday to encouraging anti-trafficking efforts.
American companies were put on notice this week by the Trump administration that they could face steep fines, or even criminal charges, if their business involves North Korean workers anywhere in their supply chain.
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government praised the U.S. State Department's decision to upgrade the country in its annual report on efforts to fight human trafficking, even as an advocacy group warned that the move was premature.
The Trafficking in Persons annual report cited progress but also problems across the region, especially weak enforcement of protections against trafficking and slave and child labor.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon woman accused of fraudulently obtaining visas to bring cooks to the U.S. for cheap labor at two restaurants in Washington state has pleaded guilty.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A white South Carolina restaurant manager has pleaded guilty to abusing and enslaving a mentally challenged black employee, according to federal prosecutors.
Bobby Paul Edwards of Conway pleaded guilty Monday to one count of forced labor, according to Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and South Carolina U.S. Attorney Sherri A. Lydon.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A woman in Florida was sentenced to seven years in prison for the forced labor of a Mexican woman she hired as a pregnancy surrogate.
Esthela Clark also faces deportation to Mexico after serving the sentence she received Thursday in federal court in Jacksonville. She is a legal permanent resident.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a suburban Minneapolis restaurant accused of forcing a teenager from the Dominican Republic to work long hours for low wages has pleaded guilty to federal immigration charges.
Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge of Maplewood pleaded guilty Tuesday to visa fraud and harboring charges after prosecutors agreed to drop forced labor charges. Federal prosecutors say he faces a maximum two years in prison and up to $75,000 in fines.
NEW YORK (AP) — The leader of a secretive group accused of coercing female followers into having sex and getting branded with his initials faced a federal judge, who ordered him to remain behind bars weeks after his arrest in Mexico.
Keith Raniere responded "Yes, your honor" when Judge Steven L. Tiscione on Friday asked whether he understood the charges the FBI filed against him — sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy.
FRANCO DA ROCHA, Brazil (AP) — Minors remain at risk and are being forced to work against their will by a Brazilian church with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, a senior labor prosecutor said Wednesday after the initial hearing in a civil suit seeking the dissolution of the local church and the school it runs.
FBI raids home linked to group accused of branding women
HALF MOON, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities on Tuesday raided an upstate New York residence connected to a secretive group accused of coercing female followers into having sex with its leader and getting branded with his initials.
The raid of the home of NXIVM president Nancy Salzman came on the day the group's longtime leader, Keith Raniere, appeared in federal court in Texas.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian labor prosecutors have filed suit to shut down a church and school with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, saying the church and its leaders "reduced people to a condition analogous to slavery."
Restaurateur admits using 4 Thai nationals for cheap labor
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man originally from Thailand has admitted bringing four Thai nationals into the United States to provide cheap labor at his restaurants.
Paul Jumroon pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy and filing a false income tax return.
Prosecutors say Jumroon, of Depoe Bay, used threats of deportation, control over identification documents and other methods to force the victims to work about 80 hours a week for minimal pay.
7th person charged in teen forced labor case at egg farm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of taking part in a scheme to smuggle teenagers into the U.S. and force them to work at an egg farm for little pay is in custody after being arrested at the Mexican border, federal prosecutors announced.
The teens from Guatemala were kept as virtual slave laborers, forced to turn over most of their earnings, and had to live in run-down trailers with no heat and little food before they were rescued in 2014, investigators have said.
Fourth person charged in human trafficking operation that brought children from Guatemala to work on Ohio egg farms
Fourth person charged in human trafficking operation that brought children from Guatemala to work on Ohio egg farms
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A federal grand jury in Cleveland charged a fourth person in a human and labor-trafficking operation that authorities say forced children to work under deplorable conditions at egg farms in Ohio.
Washington state couple pleads guilty to trafficking charges
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state couple has pleaded guilty to labor trafficking charges.
Antonia Marcos Diego of Forks pleaded guilty this week in federal court. Her husband, Antonio Francisco-Pablo, pleaded guilty on Dec. 18 to one count of forced labor.
According to court records, the couple lured Diego's sister to the U.S. from Guatemala, falsely promising they would provide her with a home and job.
Lawsuit alleges Michigan city forced labor on residents
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A federal lawsuit alleges that Ann Arbor imposed forced labor on 3,000 residents by requiring home owners to maintain mandatory sump pumps in the southeast Michigan city.
Man accused of enslaving mentally disabled cafeteria worker
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina restaurant manager has been ordered held without bond on charges of abusing and enslaving a mentally challenged employee, according to information released by federal authorities.
Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, of Conway pleaded not guilty to one count of forced labor, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
Edwards used abuse and threats to force John Christopher Smith, 39, to work as a J&J Cafeteria cook from 2009 until 2014, authorities said.
White manager accused of enslaving black worker at Conway restaurant is charged in civil rights case
A federal grand jury has indicted the white manager of a Conway restaurant who is accused enslaving a disabled black employee for five years.
The U.S. Attorney's Office on Wednesday announced that Bobby Paul Edwards, 52, faces a charge of forced labor, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison.
Investigation: Drug court rehabs survive on forced labor
Judges across the country are ordering defendants into recovery centers that are little more than work camps for private industry, an investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.
The programs promise freedom from addiction. Instead, they've turned thousands of men and women into indentured servants, exploiting a nationwide push to keep nonviolent offenders out of prison.
Two bills that focus on transportation to crack down on human trafficking have been introduced by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and a lawmaker from New York, Esty’s office said.
The two bills introduced by Esty, a three-term Democrat, and U.S. Rep. John Katko, a Republican, would:
Designate a human trafficking prevention coordinator at the U.S. Department of Transportation and increase outreach, education, and reporting at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Prosecutors: Workers rescued from forced labor in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — At least a dozen immigrant workers who were forced to live in squalid conditions and to work construction jobs for little or no pay were rescued from a forced labor ring in California allegedly run by a man who has been arrested, federal and local officials said Wednesday.
Woman sentenced for beating, starving nanny from China
WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — A woman accused of beating and starving a woman she brought from China to work as a nanny in Minnesota will be deported after she spends a year in jail.
Lili Huang, 36, pleaded guilty to charges of forced labor and third-degree assault. She was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in jail. U.S. District Judge David S. Doty also ordered her to forfeit her home and pay nearly $100,000 in restitution. Huang lived in Woodbury, a suburb of St. Paul.
Minnesota restaurant owner indicted on forced labor charge
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Minnesota restaurant owner in a labor trafficking case.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 71-year-old Pisanu "Pat" Sukhtipyaroge of Maplewood faces one count of forced labor. The indictment comes two weeks after Sukhtipyaroge was charged in Anoka County with forcing a teenager from the Dominican Republic to work long hours for low wages and perform sex acts.
UK crime agency: Modern slavery more prevalent than thought
LONDON (AP) — Britain's National Crime Agency says human trafficking and modern slavery are much more prevalent than previously thought, and there are 300 active police investigations across the U.K.
Agency official Will Kerr says investigators have found widespread evidence of people as young as 12 being sold for sexual exploitation or forced labor. He said victims can be found working in car washes, on construction sites, in brothels and at cannabis factories.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota restaurant owner brought a teenager to America on the promise of education and instead forced him to work long hours for low wages and perform sex acts, a criminal complaint alleges.
SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — An evangelical North Carolina sect that is the focus of an ongoing Associated Press investigation has issued a statement denying former members' allegations that they were brought to the U.S. from congregations in Brazil and forced to work for little or no pay.