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Motel Managers Plead Guilty to Enslaving Indian Immigrant in U.S.

first_imgTwo motel managers in Western Nebraska, accused of enslaving an Indian migrant, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of alien harboring for financial gain. The victim was kept enslaved for over a year by Vishnubhai Chaudhari, 50, and Leelabahen Chaudhari, 44, of Kimball, Nebraska.The couple pleaded guilty on Dec.18 in federal court in Omaha, Nebraska, to one count of conspiracy and one count of alien harboring for financial gain, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. “The duo has admitted to conspiring to harbor the victim, an Indian national who lacked immigration status, at a Super 8 Motel in Kimball, Nebraska, between October 2011 and February 2013,” the statement said.Their sentencing is scheduled for March 19, 2018. The Chaudharis face a possible sentence of up to 18 months in prison according to their plea agreements. They are also expected to be removed from the United States when they complete their sentences.The duo has also paid the victim $40,000 in restitution at the change of plea hearing, as a condition of their guilty pleas.The victim has been identified as M.C. in the court documents. He entered the United States unlawfully in 2011 and was taken into immigration custody in Texas. On Oct. 13, 2011, the Chaudharis arranged for an intermediary to pay his bond and he was released from custody, says the indictment. The duo then arranged for him to travel from Texas to Kimball, a city about 20 miles east of the Wyoming border, Omaha World-Herald reported.“Human trafficking is the modern world’s version of enslaving another person for profit. That is what these individuals have done to this victim,” Special Agent in Charge Alex Khu of HSI St. Paul said, the statement added.The Chaudharis were alleged to have made the victim work long hours, seven days a week at the motel. He was asked to perform manual labor, including cleaning rooms, shoveling snow, and doing laundry. Despite promising to pay the victim, they never ended up paying him and claimed to apply that amount to a debt the victim owed.The duo also restricted the movement of the victim, isolated him, and verbally abused him, according to the statement from the Justice Department. Vishnubhai threatened him that he will find the victim if he ever left the motel, while Leelabahen assaulted the victim regularly. On one occasion, she slapped his face several times because he had failed to clean a bathtub to her standards.The victim eventually managed to escape with the help of a motel guest and local law enforcement.“Motivated by their greed, the defendants violated the immigration laws and exploited a vulnerable individual who lacked immigration status,” Acting Assisting Attorney General John M. Gore of the Civil Rights Division said in the statement.Acting U.S. Attorney Robert C. Stuart of the District of Nebraska said that the case was a gruesome reminder of the fact that forced labor does occur in the United States. “This case is a reminder that forced labor occurs in the United States, not just overseas, and federal law targets those who profit from human trafficking and related crimes,” he said. Related ItemsEmploymentTraffickingUnited Stateslast_img read more

Irresponsible Predictions For GDC 2019

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits The Game Developers Conference isn’t really a place to expect breaking news. The event is for people who actually make video games to meet up and network and learn from each other. As a journalist, I almost feel kind of weird going, like I’m not supposed to be there. And the stories I do write are about diversity among game developers, indie trends, and hands-on impressions of games you wouldn’t expect to get high-profile previews.And yet for whatever reason GDC 2019 has an unusually high amount of newsworthy buzz surrounding it, so much so that we have a few predictions for what we might see at the San Francisco show next week.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>AdChoices广告Xbox EverywherePart of the reason we’re so excited for this GDC is because some of its biggest potential news has been leaked already. This is especially the case for Microsoft, who seems poised to shed its dependency on hardware and bring Xbox games to any machine that will have them. We already know Xbox Live is coming to iOS and Android, but it also seems very likely that it along with the Game Pass streaming subscription will bring these online services to Nintendo Switch as well.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Google’s Video Game ConsoleThis is another rumor that’s been all but confirmed by the company itself, but we expect Google to unveil some sort of gaming console at its GDC panel. This could be a Chromecast with a controller for Android games, a full-on living room gaming PC, or anything else in-between. But it is happening and it’ll be the biggest test yet for Google’s burgeoning Project Stream service, for playing AAA console games on anything with a good internet connection.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Hints of PlayStation 5While rivals keep throwing out different gimmicks, the total market dominance of the PlayStation 4 probably has Sony thinking they can stay the course just putting out straight-forward video game consoles. We don’t expect a PlayStation 5 to get formally revealed at GDC. Sony isn’t even going to E3 so we don’t expect to see that console anytime soon. However, it is coming, and this GDC would be the right time for developers to start hearing some of Sony’s behind-the-scenes plans… and then leak those plans to the public.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Epic vs. SteamThe bloodiest war currently happening in gaming isn’t between consoles, it’s between PC game stores. For the longest time Steam was basically a monopoly for buying PC games, and fostered a problematic culture as a result. But flush with Fortnite cash Epic is giving Valve a real run for its money by snatching up exclusives left and right for the new Epic Games Store. The everyday game developers at GDC are sure to get tons of pitches on why they should bring their projects to Epic’s platform with its more generous share of profits. But we’re curious to see if Valve fires back and how.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Finally, Video Game Developers UnionsThe biggest drama at last year’s GDC was the confrontation between agitated video game workers hungry to unionize their industry at last and the IGDA that seemed disinterested in helping them. Things have only gotten worse in this industry when it comes to treatment of workers and unjust layoffs. Just ask former Activision, Telltale, Boss Key, and Capcom Vancouver employees. Game developers want to unionize. The AFL-CIO wants game developers to unionize. I and plenty of other players who appreciate the value of human labor want game developers to unionize. Hopefully at this year’s GDC we get even closer to making it actually happen. Stay on targetlast_img read more