Human trafficking suit spreads to Hindu temples in 5 states, including New Jersey

A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking for luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2021, 10:40 AM

Updated 894 days ago

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A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking for luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states.
In an amended lawsuit filed last month, workers claim they were exploited at temples in California, Illinois, Texas and Georgia.
In the initial lawsuit filed in New Jersey in May, the workers say they came from marginalized communities and were coerced into signing employment agreements.
The BAPS Temple in Robbinsville was one of the temples raided by the FBI earlier this year in connection to the case.
The workers at the temples in the other states say they were paid well below minimum wage.
AP wire services helped contribute to this report.


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