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Article

15 Jun 2011

Author:
Jerry Seper, Washington Times

3 plead guilty to forced farm labor of Thais in U.S.

Officials of a...farm-labor contracting firm [Global Horizons] pleaded guilty...to federal charges of conspiring to lure 600 Thai nationals to the United States to work on farms in Hawaii and Washington state, where they were subjected to severe abuse...[They] admitted conspiring to coerce the agricultural labor of the Thai nationals by fraudulently inducing them through their company, Global Horizons Inc., to incur substantial debts secured by their homes and family land, then confiscating their passports, and threatening to repatriate them to face destitution and homelessness if they stopped working...Each faces up to five years in prison.