Indian-American Couple Jailed For Abusing, Forcing Cousin To Work 17 Hours A Day At Petrol Pump

Indian-American Couple Jailed For Abusing, Forcing Cousin To Work 17 Hours A Day At Petrol Pump

The couple left the sufferer on the retailer to sleep in a again workplace for days on a number of events, restricted his entry to meals, refused to offer medical care or training.

Indian-American Couple Jailed For Abusing, Forcing Cousin To Work 17 Hours A Day At Petrol Pump

The US courtroom has handed down a major sentence to an Indian-American couple for coercing their relative to work at their fuel station and comfort retailer beneath false pretenses. Harmanpreet Singh, 31, acquired a 135-month jail time period, whereas Kulbir Kaur, 43, was sentenced to 87 months. The courtroom additionally ordered them to pay the sufferer over USD 225,000 in restitution. The couple lured the sufferer, a minor on the time, from India in 2018 with guarantees of training, solely to use him for over three years. Compelled to work lengthy hours every day, the sufferer carried out numerous duties on the retailer, together with cleansing, cooking, and managing the register, for minimal wages.

“The defendants exploited their relationship with the sufferer to lure him to the US with false guarantees that they might assist enrol him at school,” Assistant Lawyer Common Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division mentioned.

“The defendants confiscated the sufferer’s immigration paperwork and subjected him to threats, bodily power and psychological abuse to coerce him to work lengthy hours for minimal pay,” she mentioned.

“This sentence ought to ship a robust message that such pressured labour won’t be tolerated in our communities,” she added.

Singh and Kaur compelled the sufferer to work on the retailer, together with cleansing, cooking, stocking and dealing with the money register and retailer data, between 12 and 17 hours a day, almost daily, for minimal pay, in accordance with the proof offered in the course of the trial.

The couple left the sufferer on the retailer to sleep in a again workplace for days on a number of events, restricted his entry to meals, refused to offer medical care or training, used surveillance tools to watch the sufferer each on the retailer and of their dwelling, refused his requests to return to India and made him overstay his visa, in accordance with the proof.

The defendants additionally pressured the sufferer to marry Kaur and used that marriage to threaten to take the sufferer’s household’s properties or falsely report him to the police if he left.




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