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Catering manager sentenced to six years in forced labor scheme
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Catering manager sentenced to six years in forced labor scheme

A Long Island catering manager was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip on Wednesday to six years in prison for his role in a forced labor scheme. Roberto Villanueva had pleaded guilty in February to forced labor and forced labor conspiracy that took place at the Thatched Cottage in Centerport. “Villanueva exploited his victims’…

'Real People That We Care About Are Being Exploited' – POLITICO
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'Real People That We Care About Are Being Exploited' – POLITICO

MEDFORD, ORE. — Early on a warm August morning in 2021 — as helicopters and drones hovered overhead — three women huddled under a sheet of plastic in a southern Oregon greenhouse. Outside, state, federal and county law enforcement were raiding the massive unlicensed cannabis farm where the women had worked for two months. Officers…

Solutionaries: How ‘modern slavery’ thrives in the U.S. through visa programs
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Solutionaries: How ‘modern slavery’ thrives in the U.S. through visa programs

Houston – Sex trafficking and human smuggling make big headlines in Texas. They are both forms of human trafficking that victimizes many. Yet experts say another form of trafficking that is easier to accomplish is creating what many consider modern day slavery. It is called labor trafficking and the traffickers take advantage of the current…

Bills Awaiting Gov. Newsom's Signature Could Give International Contract Workers Some Protections
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Bills Awaiting Gov. Newsom's Signature Could Give International Contract Workers Some Protections

Two bills awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature — or veto — would broaden protections for an estimated 300,000 foreign contract workers laboring in California on work visas. While the documented abusive conditions in “guest worker” visa programs have led to calls for their termination, these bills would offer some improvements to the workers involved. AB…

California’s international contract workers could gain some protections through new bills
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California’s international contract workers could gain some protections through new bills

Two bills awaiting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature — or veto — would broaden protections for an estimated 300,000 foreign contract workers laboring in California on work visas. While the documented abusive conditions in “guest worker” visa programs have led to calls for their termination, these bills would offer some improvements to the workers involved. AB 364,…

There is a serious forced labor problem in the United States
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There is a serious forced labor problem in the United States

Genocide, slave trade, forced labor and other evil acts are the undeniable original human rights sins in the history of American colonialism and capitalism. From the slaughter and enslavement of Native American Indians by early European colonists, to the exploitation of black slaves under the prevailing slave trade in the 18th century, to the systematic…

US Temporary Work Visas Expose Migrants to Exploitation, Labor Trafficking: Report
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US Temporary Work Visas Expose Migrants to Exploitation, Labor Trafficking: Report

A recent report has shed new light on how temporary work visa programs providing migrant laborers with employment in the United States are ripe for abuse, often leading to forced labor and other forms of human trafficking. Between January 2018 and December 2020, the Polaris Project’s National Human Trafficking Hotline identified almost 16,000 labor trafficking…

15-year-old Girl Snatched from Basketball Game and Trafficked to Another State
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15-year-old Girl Snatched from Basketball Game and Trafficked to Another State

Click a link below to jump to a particular article or scroll down to read the whole blog post. Local and regional IA coalition updates Thanks to hotel employees, missing girl found, and Michigan man charged with trafficking Labor trafficking case exposes farmworker abuses Why the average

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