Feds Give Up On Global Horizons Human Trafficking Case

Nanea Kalani/Civil Beat

After touting the Global Horizons human trafficking trial as the largest of its kind in U.S. history, the federal government on Friday dropped all charges in the case.

It's a stunning turnaround. Global Horizons, a Los Angeles-based labor recruiting company, had been accused of keeping more than 600 Thai workers as indentured laborers on farms in Hawaii, Washington and other states.

The dismissal was directly related to last year's failed prosecution of Mike and Alec Sou, brothers who own Aloun Farms. That case fell apart mid-trial when the lead prosecutor admitted misstating the law in front of the grand jury that had indicted the brothers.

"The department moved for the dismissal based on an additional review of the evidence following the August 2011 dismissal in United States v. Sou. A team of attorneys and agents determined the government is unable to prove the elements of the charged offenses beyond a reasonable doubt," Nanda Chitre, spokesperson for the Department of Justice, said in a statement.

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