The federal government is calling a human-trafficking lawsuit against a California-based farm labor contractor the largest case of alleged forced labor of farm workers in the United States.
The lawsuit, made public Tuesday by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, accused Global Horizons Manpower Inc., based in Beverly Hills, California, and eight farms in Hawaii and Washington state of luring more than 200 men from Thailand to work at farms in Hawaii and Washington where they were subjected to abuse.
Global Horizons did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
The lawsuit alleges Global Horizons promised the Thai workers lucrative jobs. But once the men arrived, the suit says, their passports were confiscated and they were not paid for their work. It also alleges they were forced to live in cramped, dirty conditions.
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