23 arrested in human smuggling bust

Last week, federal officers arrested 23 people suspected of smuggling up to 70 men from China to work in Chinese restaurants in and around New York City: 23 arrested in human smuggling bust in NYC.

The men were brought into the United States by business owners and illegal recruiters, who would get families to pay a fee of up to $75,000 each. It's not like it's hard to find folks willing to work honest restaurant jobs here in the United States. These people were specifically interested exploiting cheap, disposable human labor:

The investigation found instances in which workers were paid as little as $3 an hour and were forced to live in sub-par living conditions in Connecticut, New Jersey and on New York's Long Island, he said.

"Many of these aliens were housed in squalid conditions and unsanitary conditions, certainly conditions they were not desiring to live in." he said.

The ongoing eight-month investigation is part of a new initiative by the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to target employers of illegal aliens rather than the workers.
None of the workers was arrested, though their status is now uncertain. Some will be witnesses, which could lead to benefits for them, and some might get deported back to China. The fact of the matter is, none of these people got what they thought they were coming to America for. More here: 23 arrested in New York following major worksite investigation.

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