Ukrainian brothers convicted in Philadelphia human trafficking case 

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WHAT: Two Ukrainian brothers were found guilty of smuggling desperate young villagers to the U.S. to work in debt bondage cleaning suburban big-box retail stores for 16 hours a day at little pay.

HOW: Federal prosecutors charged that Omelyan and Stepan Botsvynyuk beat and threatened approximately 30 victims to keep them under control. At least one female immigrant was raped.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: The Botsvynyuks’ failed court defense was that their trafficking victims testified falsely only because the prosecution promised them “T visas” so they could stay in the U.S.

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