Human Traffic Watch

Human Trafficking of Filipinos to Louisiana Results in $4.5 Million Award

In Human Trafficking on March 21, 2013 at 12:45 pm

A federal judge in Southern California has awarded $4.48 million to 347 Filipinos because a Los Angeles company violated the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) by tricking them into slave labor as teachers in Louisiana public schools.

This week, U.S. District Court Judge John A. Kronstadt cited “negligent misrepresentations” by LA’s Universal Placement International, Inc. (UPI) and PARS International Placement Agency in Quezon CIty, Philippines for the award and ordered the teacher contracts “null and void.”
A jury sided with the class action plaintiffs in December, according to court records.
From 2007 to 2010, the defendants lured Filipino teachers to work in Louisiana under a “specialty worker” immigration program by promising they could have the jobs if they paid $5,000 to $5,500 in recruitment fees.
Source: OC Weekly

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