- - Wednesday, April 20, 2011

CALIFORNIA

State contractor, farms sued in human trafficking case

LOS ANGELES | A federal agency has sued a California-based labor contractor and farms in Washington and Hawaii, alleging discrimination against more than 200 Thai workers in what was called its largest human trafficking case in agriculture.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits Tuesday against Beverly Hills-based Global Horizons Inc. and six farms in Hawaii and two in Washington.

Global Horizons lured workers from 2003 to 2007 with promises of steady jobs and agricultural visas but confiscated their passports and threatened to deport them if they complained, the agency said in a statement.

It said workers faced abuse and threats while being provided dilapidated housing.

The agency is seeking back pay and damages.

GEORGIA

Police: 20-25 teens storm train, attack riders

ATLANTA | A group of 20 to 25 youths boarded a public train bound for Atlanta’s airport and attacked a couple of passengers, authorities said.

Police said Wednesday one of the teenagers hit a rider in the face with an aluminum can, pushed him down and stole his wallet. Another passenger on the MARTA train was punched in the face.

Police say the riders attacked workers for Delta Air Lines, who have been staying at a hotel near the Atlanta airport.

The Delta workers were from Gig Harbor, Wash., and New York City. The attack happened late Saturday night south of downtown.

MARTA spokesman Lyle Harris said no arrests have been made.

MISSOURI

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