Two of five brothers, accused of being modern day slave traders, are set to go to trial in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia.
According to a federal indictment, the Botsvynyuk brothers lured poor Ukrainians into slavery, promising them jobs and housing in the U.S. but forcing them into slave labor upon their arrival.
The federal indictment [PDF] claims:
BO [Botsvynyuk Organization] members obtained workers in Ukraine for the nighttime cleaning crews by falsely enticing poor, out of work individuals, mostly men who had completed military service, in Ukraine with promises of good paying jobs, homes, and the possibility of earning $10,000 after three years of working for the defendants in the United States. The workers were variously told that they could earn between $300 and $500 per month, that their room and board would be taken care of by the defendants, and that the defendants would take care of the travel arrangements from Ukraine to the United States. Either in Ukraine or after arrival in the United States, the workers were told they owed a substantial debt to the defendants, or clearly understood that a debt was owed, although the amount of the debt was not always clear.