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The Hidden Reality of Labor Trafficking in the U.S. | “Trafficked in America” | FRONTLINE

The Hidden Reality of Labor Trafficking in the U.S. | “Trafficked in America” | FRONTLINE


This is where the traffickers forced the Guatemalan teens to work off their debts.>>(speaking Spanish):>>ALTAN: This man says he worked with the teens at Trillium.>>(speaking Spanish):>>ALTAN: In October 2014, after four months at Trillium, one of the teens managed to call his uncle in Florida. The uncle agreed to talk to us, but was afraid to show his face on camera.>>(speaking Spanish):>>One day I received a phone call. There was a gentleman that had a nephew that had been smuggled into the country from Guatemala, and was being kept to work against his will in Ohio. And within 24 hours, I had a conference call from the head of the FBI, HSI, and the U.S. attorney’s office in that region.>>ALTAN: Two months later, federal and local law enforcement moved in.>>A human trafficking bust at an egg farm in…>>ALTAN: In the early morning hours, they raided the trailer park where the teens had been living.>>Federal prosecutors call it modern-day slavery.>>Their paychecks kept by their traffickers.>>ALTAN: They detained approximately 45 people.>>The human trafficking operation was run by a third- party contractor hired by Trillium Farms.>>ALTAN: At least ten, they determined, were victims of trafficking, including eight minors.>>The U.S. attorney’s office says its investigation is ongoing.>>I mean, how could that possibly happen? The more we learned about it, the more it became apparent that there was a connection back to our immigration policies and how the Department of Health and Human Services deals with kids who come here unaccompanied. What makes the Marion case even more alarming is that a U.S. government agency was actually responsible for delivering some of the victims into the hands of the abusers. How could the federal government take these kids in and try to protect them, and then as they send them out to families, you know, pending a court date, give them right back to the people who had brought them up here? Here’s one of those homes– this is a trailer.>>ALTAN: Senator Rob Portman was chairman of the committee that investigated the failures at the Department of Health and Human Services– the agency that released the boys to the traffickers in Ohio.>>The more we learned, the more troubling it was from a federal perspective, because no one seemed to want to take responsibility for it.>>What everybody’s doing is doing this– out the door, we’re done.>>We’ve got these kids. They’re here. They’re living on our soil. And for us to just, you know, assume someone else is going to take care of them and throw them to the wolves, which is what HHS was doing, is flat-out wrong. I don’t care what you think about immigration policy– it’s wrong.>>ALTAN: The HHS division responsible for placing the teens declined to be interviewed. They told the committee they had strengthened their procedures to protect children. But the committee had found over a dozen other cases of trafficking related to the surge, and said it was impossible to know just how many more victims there are.>>It was not just the Ohio egg farm case– there were other cases in which multiple children were placed with sponsors in homes where they were subject to human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other severe forms of abuse and exploitation. More than 180,000 unaccompanied minors have been placed in communities across the country. But because there’s so little follow-up with them once they’re out of the government’s care, we have no idea what’s happened to them.

Comments (32)

  1. Organized Crime runs the world.

  2. Let's also consider the US involvement in destabilizing Latin America

  3. This is sad but true people dont kno but the majority of people who migrate are minors or jus turned 18 n have no knowledge of the world outside of them ,hints the reason for them immigrate in search for a better life .

  4. Ohio look deeper you will find alot more in that state and indiana

  5. Keep buying your food from Walmart and this is what you get. Cheap food ain’t cheap after all, is it?

  6. U want the American dream. Well u got it . every one pays a price.

  7. This is the failed and brutal reality of NAFTA; Don't blame America in general for this nightmare; I work for the USDA in the meat packing houses in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico; the stereotypical "Mexican" immigrant demographic is the minority nowadays, and the "Latin American" immigrant demographic is in decline ( because they have saved money, are aging out, and returning home); the new wave is the immigrant demogrpahic form Burma, Somalia, Darfur, Burundi, Rwanda, and a host of others; these nationalities are brought here on FEDERAL work contracts that offer them asylum from the dictatorships that NAFTA contributes to creating; they're paid well but far below what the origianl "white" American payscale paid when these were good paying "white American" jobs; the line positions started at 15$/hr for whites before NAFTA back in the early 1980's and start these immigrants between $10 and $12/ hour today; the debtors' situation is abhorrable but it is not as bad as many people exagerate it to be; however when and where these situations trasnspire they are not created directly by the companies or the "White" management–they are created by their coworkers, coyotes (human traffickers), and smugglers who provide these folks a false sense of protection in the form of fake documents (e.g. Birth Certificates, Passports, Resident, and Green Cards), drugs,and other detrimental material. The additional sad reality in Texas (at least) is that some of the USDA officials do this S$%T to one another within the USDA…(e,g,, an attractive female USDA official can trade her annual leave dates for much more coveted annual leave dates, or "mandatory" hours (e.g. Christmas) with her coworkers in return for sexual favors)…and as an added economic fringe benefit USDA officials can borrow money from one another at 5000% percent interest…

  8. What is it the Democrats want in Latin America, to disstable it so much, Oil, Gold , precious Gems, ?what,

  9. They need to stop invading America knowing the consequences.There problems is not America America have laws and no one is eximpt.Thats why illegal immigration needs to stop.

  10. Looks like another blame America hit piece from pbs.Don't come here illegally. Problem solved.

  11. Ban all Wal-Mart stores every where. Child labor, China junk. Is all they sell.

  12. Is he really that bewildered when asking how the government could release them back to the people they did? WAKE UP… our government has VERY noticeably become more and more corrupt ever since bill clinton became president! We can EASILY see how much corruption has been and continues to go on when there are SO MANY low-lifes right in our local, state, and federal offices!
    LONG PAST DUE that the gallows are brought back into our town squares and TRUE JUSTICE is given for a PROVEN deterrent to those who are currently and to those who will consider carrying out their GROSS levels of corruption! NO MORE of heads looking the other way or just getting what equivilates to a slap on the wrist!

  13. If you're bitching about "illegal immigration" you didn't watch the video and you look like an idiot.

  14. Save them send them back end their suffering

  15. Pray for these people and our children. Jesus said this is a sign just before his return. Its like sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus is about to return.

  16. Obviously most posting here don't understand supply and demand

  17. Could this have been what was behind Obama's midnight express of minors from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador in 2014? I have also read, heard, of Hilary doing this in Haiti with 195% interest on the peoples debt. Some people were giving up organs like kidneys to help pay their debt off. Let's not forget the Catholic church was paid PER KID to handle these kids.

  18. Stop letting people in. The illegal parents know exactly what they are doing when sending their illegal children in to the US.

  19. I’m so surprised I live in Ohio only a half hour away from a trillium egg farm and I never knew this was happening this goes to show what you can find in other places or even in your own state if you actually look

  20. This why open borders is not the answer . there ready to exploit

  21. The Fair Food Program is ending these abuses for tens of thousands of workers in Florida and six other states. Join with the farmworkers to bring this program to Ohio and end human trafficking and abuse of farmworkers. Go to ciw-online.org for more information.

  22. OKAY, STOP RIGHT THERE. "THIS IS WHERE THE GUATEMALAN TRAFFICKERS FORCED THE IMMIGRANTS TO WORK OFF THEIR DEBT." ON A FARM IN OHIO?, IN AMERICA?,- IN BROAD DAYLIGHT? AND TRILLIUM FARMS JUST LIKE BOY SCOUTS NEVER ONCE NOTICED GUATEMALAN CHILDREN ALL OVER THEIR OPERATIONS? THEY NEVER ONCE QUESTIONED THE LEGITIMACY OF GUATEMALAN LABOR PROVIDERS? ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT. TRILLIUM WAS BOUGHT IN 2011 AND THE NAMES LISTED AS OWNERS ARE ALL ANGLO CUTOUTS. tHE REAL MONEY NO DOUBT IS MORE SINISTER AND THE WHOLE OPERATION REMINDS ONE OF THE RUBASHKINS KOSHER MEAT OPERATION IN IOWA WHERE THEY WERE USING IOWA CHILDREN LABORERS TO THE SAME OBSCENE LEVEL. WHO IS REALLY BEHIND TRILIUM FARMS? THE THREE FAMILIES LISTED? ARE THEY SIMPLY TRAITORS TO US ALL IN THE REPUBLIC? RACIST PROFITEERS THAT USE CHILDREN LIKE TOILET PAPER? THEY GIVE US ALL A BAD NAME AND NEED TO BE SHUT DOWN AND ALL ASSETS SIEZED AND SOLD WITH ALL PROCEEDS GOING TO THE TREASURY ONCE WE TOSS THE RATS AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE OUT.

  23. Why are they coming into the states illegallly in the first place? Don't come here illegally and this kind of shit won't happen to you.

  24. HEY THANKS OBAMA.

    Anything for a vote. Absolutely A N Y T H I N G.

  25. But kids being detained at the border is a big problem. Thanks Obuttfuck.

  26. NJ CPS, DCPP, DYFS ARE HOLDING MY GRANDS HOSTAGE IN NEWSRK NJ. MY GRANDSON WROTE A LETTER PLEADING THAT THEY'RE BEING HELD AGAINST THEIR WILL AND NO ONE HELPED THEM!! NEWARK NJ, AND MIDDLESEX COUNTY IN NJ NEEDS TO BE DISSOLVED IMMEDIATELY!! WE HAVE PROOF THEYRE BEING HELD HOSTAGE BUT NO ONE WILL LISTEN OR HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT!!

  27. They just caught their contactor smuggling minors into the United States to work like slaves. Shame!

  28. It goes to show that America has to be careful of who we let in. I’m not a racist person,but immigrants that come into this country to do human trafficking/owning slaves (usually immigrant business/families) shouldn’t be there in the first place. They come to this country and think they are in the country they are from.The government doesn’t do anything about it until years/months later when they get busted.If the immigrants want to come to America,they better leave their habits back home and do it the right way.

  29. what year did all this go down? this sounds like an Obama policy. also, who controlled the traffickers? the cartel?

  30. First child molestation at Trump detention centers ran bye our Government and now this.
    WTF Trumps..
    Make America great again.

  31. You missed the part where you tell your viewers that it was the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S POLICIES that lead to this…

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