Workers In Bondage

Europeans are only now learning of the horror of widespread sweatshops that use forced immigrant labor

On a chilly December night almost two years ago, a desperate Chinese man appeared at military police headquarters in Bergamo, Italy, begging for help. His 25-year-old wife, Deng Xingmei, an illegal immigrant, had tried to flee slavelike working conditions in a garment sweatshop near Milan. But the Chinese gangsters who had arranged her illegal passage to Italy for $25,000--and expected her to spend years working off her debt--captured her at gunpoint. The police tapped her husband's phone to trace threatening calls from Chinese mobsters, and five days later they freed a raped and beaten Deng.

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