Joe Ryan – The Star-Ledger (US – New Jersey) – Thurs 19 March, 2009
An immigrant from the West African nation of Togo pleaded guilty Wednesday to working with his mother to smuggle women from their homeland to work without pay at hair-braiding salons they owned in Newark and East Orange.
Dereck Hounakey, 32, spoke softly as he acknowledged to U.S. District Court Judge Jose Linares that he helped run a human trafficking ring that investigators equated to modern-day slavery. Hounakey said the girls were forbidden to have boyfriends and worked up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Did you pay the girls?” asked assistant U.S. Attorney Shana Chen. . .
. . . read complete article . . .