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Arrests made in U.S. smuggling case in which victims are brought to the U.S. and forced to clean Walmart and Target stores.

Toronto police have arrested two Ukrainian men — part of a family of five Ukrainian brothers — who are wanted in the United States on human trafficking charges.

All five are facing charges of smuggling desperate young adults from their homeland and forcing them into bondage cleaning Target, Wal-Mart, and other stores and offices, authorities in Philadelphia said Wednesday.

The Botsvynyuk brothers promised jobs paying $500 US a month and free room and board, but instead paid crews little or nothing for their 16-hour days, the indictment charged.

It alleges the men lured about 30 victims from Ukraine from 2000 to 2007, smuggled them to Philadelphia through Mexico, and used or threatened physical and sexual violence if they resisted or tried to escape.

Smuggling for the purposes of forced prostitution is so well known. Were you aware that this sort of thing happens too? Do you think stores should be aware?


Asked by Bezu at 10:02 AM on Jul. 6, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • The stores ARE AWARE!

    WAL MART has been BUSTED for this practice MULTIPLE TIMES. Its CHEAPER to pay the FINES and keep doing it They do NOT care


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 10:29 AM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • This is awful, but I think they picked their victims carefully. They must have kidnapped VERY docile people. Most people, once here, could pick up and walk outside in broad daylight, and the only way their captors could stop them is by physical violence or shooting at them, both of which would attract a LOT of unwanted publicity for the kidnappers.

    Answer by pagan_mama at 10:28 AM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Bezu..u took the words right outta my mouth.
    Seriously though...pagan_mama, God forbid you ever get kidnapped. It's not as easy as you think it is to escape.

    Answer by brandyj at 12:17 PM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • Bezu

    Comment by Bezu (original poster) at 10:02 AM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • well obviously the stores should be aware of who they are contracting their cleaning services to.

    Answer by ibebreezy at 10:19 AM on Jul. 6, 2010

  • The used violence and threats against their families back home. But some did escape and go to authorities - that's how they were caught.

    Comment by Bezu (original poster) at 10:36 AM on Jul. 6, 2010