Press Release: On January 27, 2012, the law students at the Human Trafficking Clinic at South Texas College of Law, assisting the law firm of Burck, Lapidus Jackson and Chase, a well known Houston trial firm, and Lawyers Against Human Trafficking, a non profit organization to combat human trafficking, filed a federal lawsuit against several US corporations and the several government agencies and officials of Vietnam, on behalf of over a hundred trafficked workers in Vietnam.
Two named plaintiffs, Phuong-Anh Vu and Dr. Nguyen Dinh Thang, recently appeared before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights of the Houston Committee on Foreign Affairs hosted by CHRISTOPHER H. SMITH (R-NJ)
They described the details of how government agencies deceived the workers to mortgage their homes and take out large loans for the privilege of making a good living overseas. Once in Jordan, when the workers complained about being paid about $1 for a 16 hour day, they were imprisoned for weeks, left without food and water, and then beaten by police, resulting in at least one death and many serious injuries. Many workers were forced to go back to Vietnam, penniless, injured, and black balled for employment. They still live in fear today. Phuong Anh was able to escape with the assistance of Dr. Thang and his non profit organization BPSOS in Thailand, en route back to her home country, in a dramatic rescue, and is now fighting for justice in this case.