Aug 11 2015

20 Years After Historic Thai Slavery Raid

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GUESTS: Rotchana Sussman, survivor of 1995 Thai Slavery Raid, Chancee Martorell, executive director of Thai Community Development Center.

More than 20 years ago, in the Los Angeles area town of El Monte, a large conglomeration of local and national law enforcement and others, conducted a raid on a series of duplexes that secretly housed a major sweatshop. Seventy-two Thai nationals had been held in captivity for years and forced to sew garments for companies with little or no pay. The raid uncovered the first modern case of labor trafficking and slavery in the United States, and kicked off an awareness campaign as well as legislation to address the global issue.

On the twentieth anniversary of the El Monte slavery case, we turn today to a survivor of the raid and a member of the main local organization that was involved, the Thai Community Development Center.

Find out more at ThaiCDC.org.

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