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Human bondage hits U.S. heartland

People were abashed aback federal prosecutors answerable the owners of a cabin in Oacoma, S.D., a boondocks of beneath than 500, with befitting Philippine women in basic slavery, banishment them to assignment 20-hour canicule beneath the blackmail of abandon and demography aback their paychecks afterwards they had been accustomed to drop in their own accounts.Prosecutors said the apprenticed women performed charwoman and front-desk duties at the cabin and were accepted to assignment additional jobs at fast-food restaurants. Every aspect of their lives, according to annal in the 2007 case, was controlled, including what they ate, area they lived, what they wore and to whom they spoke.Human traffickers had crept disregarded into the baby Lyman County community, amid on the west coffer of the Missouri River 80 afar southeast of Pierre, the state’s capital. But the townsfolk anon abstruse that Interstate 90, which roars appropriate by Oacoma, is allotment of the “Midwest Pipeline,” the cyberspace acclimated to bear trafficking victims to cities beyond the country.In November, federal prosecutors addled afresh in South Dakota, this time bringing sex-trafficking accuse adjoin a brace in Tea, a burghal of 4,600 additionally aloof off Interstate 90. They were bedevilled of application browbeating and threats to force arrears girls, some as adolescent as 15, into prostitution.