The Hindu: 500 Indians say they were trafficked to post-Katrina Louisiana to work in shipyards:
Over 500 Indian citizens who were brought to the United States to work in shipyards, following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, have initiated what might well become the largest class action lawsuit for human trafficking in U.S. history.
According to a statement by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has joined in the lawsuit in support of the plaintiffs, the workers were trafficked into the U.S. through the federal government’s H-2B guest-worker scheme “with dishonest assurances of becoming lawful permanent U.S. residents and subjected to squalid living conditions, fraudulent payment practices, and threats of serious harm upon their arrival.”
From Shared Hope International: ‘Virginia Takes a Lead in the Fight Against Child Sex Trafficking’:
On Friday, February 25, 2011, the Virginia state legislature unanimously passed HB 1898… [the law] strengthens the crime of domestic minor sex trafficking and establishes evidentiary protections for testifying victims. It also expands the crime of sex trafficking to protect adult victims of sexual exploitation.