Saturday, March 8, 2008
Because it is so common that it is not really newsworthy, I have stopped reporting on instances of te alleged enslavement of immigrants. But this story from ABC News is different: "Rebelling against alleged 'slave treatment,' some 100 workers recruited from India staged a dramatic protest at a Mississippi shipyard Thursday, claiming they had been tricked into coming to the United States. The workers, brought from India to work as welders and pipe-fitters at Signal International shipyard in Pascagoula, hurled their hard hats at company gates and demanded a federal investigation. The workers claim they were defrauded by a Signal International recruiter in India who promised them green cards and permanent residency in the U.S. in exchange for a $20,000 fee. The workers allege that they instead received 10-month work visas, which was only enough time for them to pay off their recruitment fees."
POSTSCRIPT For a NPR story about a suit brought be the workers against Signal, click here.