This is a story I reported back in June but the Associated Press has more details now. It appears that Immigrant frauds are turning into a sideline business at RRW lately. Here is the story posted yesterday at AP:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From a nondescript brick building a few blocks from the bright lights of Westport, Kansas City’s oldest entertainment district, Giant Labor Solutions lured hundreds of foreigners to the city with promises of good jobs and a chance to live the American dream.
But from 2001 until this spring, Giant Labor and two other metro-area companies turned the workers into slaves, fanning them out to housekeeping jobs in hotels and other businesses in 14 states while forcing them to live, sometimes eight at a time, in small apartments for which they were charged exorbitant rent, federal authorities allege. Most of the workers were in the country illegally and were threatened with deportation.
In a 45-count indictment handed down in May, the U.S. attorney’s office accuses eight Uzbekistan nationals and four others in the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted in the city. Authorities say it is the first time a human trafficking ring has been charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, the federal statute most often associated with mafia cases.
Modern day slavery
When I see that many of the workers taken advantage of were cleaning hotels, it brings to mind the press conference at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel in Nashville in support of amnesty for illegal aliens. Or how about the Marriot Hotel heiress involved in that recent Washington DC strategy meeting of businesses and open borders advocates. I wonder if either of those hotels used the services of “Giant Labor” or the two other “services” busted in the scam.
The indictment says Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, 30, owned and operated Giant Labor, a labor-leasing company, and controlled a dozen other businesses that filed fraudulent applications for foreign workers. Askarkhodjaev and others used false IDs to create the companies and open dozens of bank accounts for them, prosecutors said.
The workers, who were mainly from the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Philippines, paid thousands of dollars – often taking out loans in their home countries – for Giant Labor to bring them to the U.S. and get them temporary visas, authorities said. But once they arrived, the workers were stuck in small, sparsely furnished apartments, had no access to their mail and were charged so many fees that they were sometimes told on payday they owed the company money.
When you read the article, note they caught the big fish, Abrorkhodja Askarkhodjaev, but a few of his co-conspirators slipped out of the country.
I sure hope none of these Uzbeks were among the privileged Uzbeks flown into the US by the State Department after the Andijan uprising. Two of those ‘refugees’ who got the special airlift later died under mysterious circumstances in Boise, ID, here. and some others left the country.
I sound like a broken record, but I continue to be amazed at the variety and creativity of the immigrant scams we have written about. Honestly, there must be training courses abroad on how to get into the US and rip off the dumb Americans.