Hawaii laws target sex and labor trafficking

Hawaii is cracking down on prostitution and worker exploitation by passing new laws amid the nation’s largest-ever human trafficking case. Hawaii was one of only four states lacking a labor trafficking law or a sex trafficking law before Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed the measures this week, according to the Polaris Project, a Washington-based advocacy...

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Aloun Farms owners hit with more accusations

Federal prosecutors want to introduce new allegations during the trial for the owners of Aloun Farms that they had a history of subjecting impoverished Thai agricultural laborers to oppressive working and living conditions. The government says in court documents that Aloun Farms owners Alec and Mike Sou, awaiting trial in federal court on forced...

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Local farms in labor bind

In 2008, there were 202 requests (more than twice the number of requests in 2006 and 2007), and 137 of those were approved. Across the nation in 2009, 5,177 workers entered the U.S. under the H-2A program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The problem is supply versus demand. “If Hawaii is going...

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