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US Immigration

Posted 04/28/2010
(Page 3 of 4)
Pinoy couple charged
Filipino worker sleeping on improvised sleeping area

U.S. charges couple in scheme to hold Filipino workers in forced labor

The plight of the Filipino workers surfaced in January 2008 when some of the workers went to church service in Palm Beach County. While at the church, they chanced on the contact information of the Philippine Honorary Consulate in South Florida. The workers sought the help of a Filipino community leader to reach Honorary Consul General Angelo S. Macatangay, M.D.

“On being informed that Filipino workers were allegedly being abused we set in motion the steps necessary for their protection,” said Dr. Macatangay.

“We cannot express details as it is ongoing, however, we hope that this case discourages others from abusing the recruitment process.”

ICE special agents in Miami initiated an investigation in February 2008 after

the Florida Office of the Attorney General's Economic Crimes Division provided information to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), who thereafter contacted ICE.

This case was investigated by ICE's Office of Investigations in Miami and assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Labor-Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Department of State-Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Office of the Attorney General.

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