Human Traffic Watch

Palm Beach County is ‘perfect storm’ of human trafficking

In Debt Bondage among Migrant Workers, Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on September 19, 2012 at 11:02 am

Recruited from the Philippines and other developing nations, the workers were promised jobs that paid $7.50 an hour as servers at the Polo Club of Boca Raton.

It was a lie.

After arriving in the U.S. with temporary work visas, they were shipped out in a pickup truck to a grubby trailer on the edge of the woods in Purvis, Miss., where they would work 12 hours a day, six days a week picking pine straw, which is used to make mulch. At night, they slept in a filthy, unheated trailer with no potable water. It was November 2009 and there was snow on the ground.

“We were afraid,” said Regie Tesoro, 35, one of the victims. “We didn’t even know about why these people were doing this to us — just for money.”

Source: Sun Sentinel

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