Global Horizons Inc Disputes 400 Human Trafficking Allegation
A part of the six persons are employees of Labor recruiting company Global Horizons Manpower Inc and two Thailand based recruiters. They lured the workers into working in the United States by offering them some very good jobs, and then they confiscated their passports and as they wanted to go back, because they were not paid anymore, and they as well ceased working, they were threatened with being deported. This would happen, if they did not comply with their contractual agreements.
The workers have been starting working since May 2004 and have been moved here and there ever since. They worked in Hawaii, Washington, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.
At first they were taken in the worst places ever, and were given the worse working conditions. Chancee Martorell, the executive director of the Los Angeles – based Thai Community Development Center, who represents a total number of 263 Thai workers that were brought to the United States by the Global Horizons, believes that they were inhumanly treated and they should not have been treated like this as well as those that made this, should be punished.
Who are those six defendants? They represent Global Horizons President and CEO Mordechai Orian, 45 years old; Director of International Relations Pranee Tubchumpol, 44 years old; Hawaii regional supervisor Shane Germann, 41 years old; and on site field supervisor Sam Wongsesanit, 39 years old. Apart from these there are as well the other two that are Japanese – Ratawan Chunharutai and Podjanee Sinchai.
During yesterday, when FBI went and tried to arrest Orian at his house in Los Angeles, he was not at home and at this point, his surrender is still being under discussion. Another two were arrested already on Thursday morning and the other Global Horizon employee is expected to turn himself in. regarding the remaining two suspects, FBI is in expectative with the Thailand’s government to apprehend them.
“There are more people living in forced labor today than when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As long as this is true, the FBI will continue to pursue organizations and individuals involved in human trafficking,” Tom Simon, the FBI Special Agent said.
This trial that they will as well have with the Global Horizons , will have a big impact on labor trafficking nationwide.11