20 September 2010

ghetto fob: slave driver

(Anyone know if these mutha-shut-yo-mouths are Filipino? Would you be surprised if they were?)

Sophia Manuel, 41, and Alfonso Baldonado Jr., 45, owners of Quality Staffing Services Corporation plead guilty last week "to conspiring to hold 39 Filipino nationals in compelled service in country clubs and hotels in Southeast Florida."

Short story - the couple frauded 39 Filipinos by promising them - for a fee - to find jobs for them in the US, bring them here, and provide housing for them. Once arriving in the States, Manuel and Baldonado snagged their passports, shoved them into "overcrowded, substandard conditions without adequate food or drinking water" and put them to work at local country clubs and hotels for little pay. They went unpaid if no work could be found for them and they couldn't go anywhere without being escorted and were not allowed to see doctors if needed.

Anyone who complained would be threatened with arrest and deportation.

Certainly not the first time something like this has happened, and you can bet that it won't be the last. The fact that Manuel plead guilty to making false statements with the Dept. of Labor to get the visas is bad enough, but it kills me that people will take advantage of others like this. Are Manuel and Baldonado Filipino? I can't find anything stating they are or not, but if you told me they were I wouldn't be shocked.

[US DOJ: Florida Couple Pleads Guilty to Forced Labor Conspiracy of 39 Filipino Guest Workers]
[Change.org: 39 Enslaved Workers Found In South Florida Country Clubs]

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