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  • Judi Lynn (7971 posts)
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    Mexican veterinarians sue Idaho dairy for human trafficking

    Rebecca Boone, Associated Press

    Updated 10:03 pm, Wednesday, January 4, 2017




    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Six Mexican veterinarians who say they were recruited to work at an Idaho dairy farm as animal scientists have filed a federal human trafficking lawsuit against the dairy’s owners and the lawyer who arranged work visas, claiming they were instead forced to work as laborers, milking cows and shoveling manure for about a year.

    The veterinarians had been promised that they would oversee animal health and reproduction programs at Funk Dairy Inc. in the small southern Idaho town of Murtaugh and were brought to the U.S. on TN visas for professionals from Mexico and Canada, said the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boise on Tuesday.
    Named as defendants were Funk owner David Funk, manager Curtis Giles and attorney Jeremy Pittard, who the lawsuit said arranged their visas. The telephone rang unanswered Wednesday at the dairy. Pittard, a public defense and family immigration attorney, said he did his job after being asked by Funk Dairy to help arrange the visas but could not comment on working conditions for the veterinarians.

    The lawsuit claims the veterinarians were illegally forced to work as general laborers despite having professional worker visas, received substandard housing and lower wages than promised and were threatened with deportation if they did not do their assigned work well. They are seeking unspecified monetary damages under federal laws to fight human trafficking and target criminal conspiracies.

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  • Marym625 (28368 posts)
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    1. Wt actual fuck!

    I hope they serve a good, long sentence at hard labor

    What the hell is wrong with people?

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  • libodem (1032 posts)
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    2. Holy Jee-zuz

    No wonder Idaho passed laws that make it a criminal offense to film the abuse of animals on on factory farms. The state doesn’t want to acknowledge the use of human trafficked victims as forced labor, either.

    I hope the state and that most likely Republican skinflint rancher are sued into oblivion.

    What can I punch? I’m furious.