Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Freeing Ourselves From Prison Sweatshops: Thai Garment Workers Speak Out

Julie Su

Eighty Thai women and men were enslaved for years in a former apartment building in El Monte, CA.  Even after the discovery of the slave complex in 1995, they and their supporters had to fight for their freedom, immigration status and damages from those responsible for their plight and exploitation in this horrific garment sweatshop.  The bravery of the workers and creative legal and legislative advocacy led to a major victory for the workers and new laws to protect workers against sweatshops.

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