Matt Whitworth, acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said Wednesday that the defendants used false information to obtain fake work visas for the foreign workers, who were then threatened with deportation while living in substandard apartments and working for inadequate pay.The scheme ensnared hundreds of illegal immigrants who worked at hotels, construction sites, and in other businesses, many of them in the Kansas City area and in the southwest Missouri resort town of Branson, Whitworth said.
The employees allegedly were required to pay exorbitant rent to live in barely furnished apartments that "ensured that the workers did not make enough to repay their debt, purchase a plane ticket home or pay their own living expenses while in the United States," according to Whitworth.
Now, to me, this is just crucial and unusual. I mean it's one thing to be enslaved. But it's quite another thing to be enslaved in Branson!!!
To that end, I've got the perfect punishment for these slave handlers. Dress them up as rodeo clowns and throw them in the corral at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede. Let a few longhorn steers administer justice.
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