A guy and a woman from Virginia were found guilty of years of forced labor at a gas station and convenience store. Between March 2018 and May 2021, Harmanpreet Singh (30) and Kulbir Kaur (43) were found guilty of making their cousin work at their gas station and grocery store.
The couple allegedly brought their cousin to the United States by saying they would put him in college, which was proven in court.
But they beat him, made him work at their gas station and convenience store, and told him he would be deported if he didn’t.
This person had to work long hours, seven days a week, and was only paid a small part of what he was owing.
The DOJ Civil Rights Division took care of the case, and the couple was charged with forced labor and harboring illegal aliens at the gas station and convenience store.
The couple could spend up to 20 years in jail, five years under close supervision, or pay a fine of up to $250,000.
People’s basic human rights are violated when they are forced to work, which is a major crime. It is a type of modern slavery in which people are forced to work or provide services by using force, fraud, or pressure.
The US will not stand for forced labor and will hold those responsible for it liable.
That Singh and Kaur were found guilty is a strong message that the United States will not stand for forced labor. Also, it shows how important it is to protect the rights of weak people who might be at risk of being exploited.
It is the job of the DOJ Civil Rights Division to look into and bring to justice cases of forced labor and other types of human trafficking. If you or someone you know is being pushed to work or is a victim of human trafficking, please call 1-888-373-7888 and talk to someone.
Singh and Kaur were found guilty of forcing people to work at their gas station and convenience store. This is a big win in the fight against modern-day slavery. We need to keep in mind that forced labor is a very bad thing that we will not stand for in the United States.
The DOJ Civil Rights Division will keep working hard to protect the rights of people who are weak and to hold people responsible for forced labor.