USA: Motel managers in Nebraska face prison sentences for enslaving & abusing immigrant

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19 December 2017

Nebraska motel managers plead guilty to enslaving immigrant

Author: Houston Chronicle

Federal authorities say two motel managers enslaved an Indian immigrant for more than a year in western Nebraska, forcing him to work without pay and abusing him...Vishnubhai Chaudhari…and Leelabahen Chaudhari…pleaded guilty in federal court…to conspiracy and alien harboring for financial gain…The two were managers of a Super 8 Motel [owned by Wyndham Worldwide] in Kimball, a town near the Wyoming and Colorado borders…The unidentified man was taken into immigration custody in Texas after entering the U.S. illegally in 2011. The Chaudharis, who also were living in the U.S. illegally, arranged to pay his bond in October of that year and then set up his transportation to Kimball…The pair then forced the man to clean rooms, wash clothes and do other chores for them seven days a week…The Chaudharis isolated the man from guests at the motel and hid him from police officers in the area. Leelabahen Chaudhari assaulted the victim on a regular basis and Vishnubhai Chaudhari threatened to find the man if he were to escape…

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18 December 2017

Two defendants plead guilty to alien harboring scheme involving labor exploitation at Nebraska motel

Author: US Department of Justice

...According to documents filed in court, the defendants admitted to conspiring to harbor the victim, an Indian national who lacked immigration status, at a Super 8 Motel in Kimball, Nebraska, between October 2011 and February 2013…Although the defendants promised to pay the victim, they never did, but rather claimed to apply that amount to a debt the victim owed…“Motivated by their greed, the defendants violated the immigration laws and exploited a vulnerable individual who lacked immigration status,” said Acting Assisting Attorney General [John] Gore of the Civil Rights Division…“This case is a reminder that forced labor occurs in the United States, not just overseas, and federal law targets those who profit from human trafficking and related crimes,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart of the District of Nebraska…“Human trafficking is the modern world’s version of enslaving another person for profit. That is what these individuals have done to this victim,” said Special Agent in Charge Alex Khu of HSI St. Paul…

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