There was a similar case for a pizzeria employee in Finland. An Indian worker was tricked into country and forced to work extra long days with no holidays, for 16 months. The place owners got jail time and prohibition to run a business. The employee got 90k€ in missing wages plus 12k€ in compensation for the suffering.
Whilst nowhere near as horrific as Azad and his colleagues experience, there's currently a high profile story in the press about an Australian couple and their son who've lived here since 2011. The UK government changed the visa rules and now want to kick them out:
One day I hope we can gain these powers and treat law abiding guests in our country with much better respect.
One big problem is employers holding passports. That's illegal in the US, but widespread. This would be easy to fix. Since the US takes biometrics on legal immigrants entering the country, anyone legally in the US should be able to go to any place with a TSA/ICE presence (any airport), get a fingerprint/retina/photo scan, and get an immediate temporary ID.
We seem to have a democracy but the only decision we can make is which man/woman leads the country.
1. takes focus away from the suffering of the people who were preyed upon in this case
2. attempts to paint "immigrants" with a single brush
3. diminishes the role white Scots play in the relatively high level of violent (often alcohol or sectarian driven) or other crimes we have
200 years ago the US had a backwards culture which considered slavery reasonable. There were many parts of US culture at the time which were admirable, but nevertheless it was backwards. Backwards cultures can be fixed by changing a very small number of critical items.
It's not about Scotland, it's not about hating other cultures, it's about pockets of residual culture in the world that need fixing.
It really isn't 200 years ago that the US considered treating "others" so badly -- and by your own criteria, there are still many pockets of such backwardness present in the US today. For example, a vast proportion of California's agriculture is dependent on undocumented farm labor with no legal rights.
A culture that "tolerates taking abusive advantage of workers"?
You mean, er, any country under capitalism?
Are you unaware of the history of the West, and of Western slavery in more recent times?
> When she realised what was going on, Smith tried to contact the police, local media, politicians and the procurator fiscal. She says nobody did anything to help.... It wasn’t the first time Arefin had been linked to immigration abuses. In 2007 he was fined £2,000 by Croydon crown court for illegally obtaining work permits for Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant employees. Even so, in 2009, he and his wife were granted a licence to run the Stewart hotel – against objections from the chief inspector of local police.
yeah that's pretty backward from UK authorities!
Is slavery somehiw limited to backwards culture? No. Slavery thrives in the legal gray areas and absent culture , when people leave their home country and community.