In 2004, Nopphon Fuchumpa was promised a great opportunity in the United States. The Thai laborer was told if he raised sufficient funds, he could travel to the U.S. and find work there. “They told me there are a lot of opportunities for work, especially work in farming,” he said.
What followed was a nightmarish saga that Fuchumpa said led to his being trafficked. He had to take out a loan for approximately $10,000 and hand over a deed for what he called his “ancestral land.” Then, he was told he had to supply an additional $10,000.
“First, I didn’t want to come (to the United Sates) because it’s such a large amount of money,” he said. “I paid half of it and I made the commitment to pay the other half. I kept thinking there would be a lot of opportunities to work in America, and I asked a recruiter, ‘Are you sure they’re real jobs there?’ And he said ‘Yeah, there are a lot of real jobs there. You’re halfway there, keep going.’”
Fuchumpa is one of more than 200 Thai workers involved in a legal case against Global Horizons Manpower Company, a labor contractor based in Los Angeles, California.
Source: Women News Network