From: Ronald Kyser (email him)
A Korean slaver was sentenced in Minnesota recently for keeping illegal Hispanic immigrants in slavery.
Note the Korean himself was a failure—"much strife and poverty".
By James Walsh, Joy Powell And Bob Von Sternberg,
Minneapolis Star Tribune, September 9, 2011
An Eagan man who kept five workers in a house with no pay gets two years in federal prison.
Five men, illegal immigrants from Guatemala and Mexico, had been living in the basement of an Eagan home for months. They had only bits of carpet on which to sleep, only the blankets they`d brought with them to stay warm. There was no kitchen, no heat and, except for in the very beginning, no pay.
They had been working in the Twin Cities as siding installers for about four months in modern-day slavery, forced into silence by their employer`s threats to call police and have them deported.
On Wednesday, Joo Ok Kim, 62, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for "harboring and concealing aliens." He`d pleaded guilty Aug. 18 in a case that began March 28, 2009, when police received a call that led to his arrest.
What the five men endured is one of the more common forms of human trafficking, experts and law enforcement officials say. In the Twin Cities, several hundred people are estimated to be living in slavery.
"When we talk about modern-day human trafficking, a lot of people identify it only with prostitution, which is not true," said Patrick Atkinson, executive director of the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited and Missing Persons. "According to the International Labor Organization, 12.8 million people are living in slavery [globally], many of whom are forced labor."
Special agent Ann Quinn of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is a task force officer for Homeland Security Investigation, part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her area of responsibility is human trafficking. It`s happening here, she said, although she could not comment on other continuing investigations.
Path to servitude
Born in South Korea, Kim moved his family to the United States and found work in construction, but encountered what his attorney called "much strife and poverty," leading to a separation from his wife.[More]
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