September 3rd, 2010
12:04 PM ET

FBI: Six indicted in largest U.S. human-trafficking operation

Six job recruiters have been indicted in federal court, in what the FBI has called the largest illegal human-trafficking operation ever charged in the U.S.

An indictment unsealed in Hawaii on Thursday accuses employees of a California-based company of luring about 400 people from Thailand, with false promises of lucrative jobs.

Many of the imported workers wound up laboring on farms under substandard conditions, had their passports confiscated and were threatened with deportation, the indictment says.

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  1. simpee

    Animals treat each other better than the human race does to one another.

    September 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Liz :)

    To CSh,
    I live in Australia and i know alot about human trafficking, i help by fundraising money to give to the A21 campain so yes i know alot about human trafficking of all kinds. I highly dissagree with your statement, ' That they had there passports so they came legaly'. I dont know much about this case but i do no that traffickers are usually offered a great job and accomedation on there arival, this is how they get these young women and children to the country in the first place, so you are right about the part that they got there legally but when there passports and birth certificates are removed from there possetion then i think that makes the situation illegal. Some people that are being trafficked though do get imported to other countries through shipping crats and other ways so there are alot of sneaky ways that people smuggeling can happen.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    No big deal, soon after the Republican party finishes its redistribution of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy, we will all be in the same situation as those slaves.

    Vote Republican this November, let them finish what they started, the total destruction of the American middle class and America itself for the benifit of that top 1%.

    September 4, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bar Fridge

    we always keep track of our family tree because it is exciting to know the family tree :;,

    December 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bertina

    No, just people like you.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Igor

    Tourists as well? What a TROLL...

    September 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JC

    your country ???? unless you are a Native

    September 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. allan

    There are no natives unless you are from Africa, even then the first humans probably started with a very small range within.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 311grl

    really? maybe we should ship you back to where your ancestors came over from.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CSh

    LOL! That would be difficult for most Americans. We have ancestors from all over the globe.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Maggie

    Sorry, but my geneology doesn't go back 10,000+ years. So you are saying that even the first people to settle this land, the Native American tribes, should all return to Africa? If that's what you want, send the president first. He only has to go back one generation (his father) to get to his African roots.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bluebird1


    September 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maggie

    My comment was directed at allan; comment was not posted in the right place.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maggie

    C Sh: How true. My sister has done geneology on both sides of my family and we have ancestors from Italy, France, Germany, England, the Isle of Man, and two clans in Scotland. There may be more, but her research hasn't gone any farther back.

    September 3, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. blah

    So you must be a very confuse person LOL.

    September 3, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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