LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii alleging discrimination against more than 200 Thai workers in what it has called its largest human trafficking case in agriculture to date.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against Beverly Hills-based Global Horizons Inc. and six farms in Hawaii and two in Washington.READ MORE: At Least One Hurt When Car Slams Into Light Pole In Sylmar
The agency says in a statement that Global Horizons lured workers from 2003 to 2007 with promises of steady jobs on agricultural visas but confiscated their passports and threatened to deport them if they complained. The agency says workers face dilapidated housing, threats and abuse.READ MORE: Southland Braces For Triple-Digit Temperatures
The agency says it is seeking back pay and damages.
The phone numbers listed on Global Horizons’ web site were not working.MORE NEWS: California's June 15 Economic Reopening Has Many Residents Rejoicing, While Others Say They're Worried
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