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Church of Scientology investigated over ‘slave labor’: report

The FBI is investigating the Church of Scientology over allegations its practices may have violated human trafficking laws, a news report states. According to a profile of filmmaker and former Scientologist Paul Haggis in the New Yorker, the FBI is running an ongoing investigation into claims the church pays some…

Unemployed US war veterans reaches new record high, labor report says

WASHINGTON – More than 15 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans were unemployed in January, far higher than the national jobless rate and the highest since the government began collecting data on veterans in 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said on Friday. That rate could go even higher…

GOP senator: Federal ban on child labor is unconstitutional

Newly minted Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said in a lecture posted to his YouTube channel that Congressional laws banning child labor are forbidden by the US Constitution. Lee, a fierce advocate for the Tenth Amendment who replaced longtime Republican incumbent Bob Bennett in the Senate this month, argued…

Honduran coffee harvest relies on child workers

EL PARAISO, Honduras — Evelyn and Carlos toil for 10 hours a day on chilly mountainsides in Honduras, filling baskets with ripe red coffee beans for a handful of dollars: they are six and eight years old. “Sometimes I fill up to seven baskets a day,” said Evelyn, deftly swatting…

US labor leader calls for wage increase worldwide

The president of the largest labor union in the US suggested that a wage increase for workers worldwide is needed in order to grow the now-stagnant global economy. “Think about this for a second,”  Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, told Russia Today’s The Big Picture. “The average wage in…

Chinese woman given hard labor for Tweet

BEIJING — A Chinese woman has been sentenced to a year in a labor camp after she retweeted a Twitter post that mocked anti-Japanese protesters, according to human rights groups. A court on Monday convicted Cheng Jianping, 46, of “disturbing social order” after she added a few words to a…

‘Politically explosive’ study suggests immigrants taking jobs from Americans

A new Pew study is being widely touted as demonstrating that as the nation struggles to recover economically, immigrants are gaining jobs at the expense of native-born workers. According to the Immigration Policy Center (IPC), however, the Pew report “omits important details” and creates a false impression. “In the year…

Exclusive: Major human trafficker is huge GOP donor who fought illegal immigration

A business owner indicted for the human trafficking of 400 laborers from Thailand is a frequent donor to the Republican Party and recently waged war against other companies involved with hiring illegal immigrants. The Associated Press reports that according to the allegations, “the recruiters lured the workers with false promises…

FBI: 6 accused in forced labor of 400 Thai workers

FBI says 6 accused in forced labor of 400 Thai workers is largest human-trafficking case in US Six recruiters were accused Thursday of luring 400 laborers from Thailand to the United States and forcing them to work, according to a federal indictment that the FBI called the largest human-trafficking case…

US taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers as young as nine

Concerned that child labor may be involved in stitching your t-shirt? Try child labor involved in shooting people — child labor you may have paid for through your US taxes. According to a report Monday, American taxpayers may be paying for child soldiers in Somalia, with some children as young…

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