Appeals court backs Texas Pinoy workers in trafficking case

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 31, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Fifty-seven Filipinos in Texas, who were victims of human trafficking, had their case against their employer dismissed by a judge last year.

But the 1st Court of Appeals in Houston sided with the workers Tuesday, and reversed the dismissal and remanded the case.

Fifty-seven Filipino men sued International Plant Services, a Texas company supplying skilled workers for the oil and gas industry, and its Manila counterpart, MBC Human Resources Development Management.

They allege that their employers misled them into paying placement fees of up to $4,000 dollars in exchange for jobs in the U.S., when there were no jobs.

The “Texas 57” are also seeking payment for unpaid wages.

The court document shows that the U.S. court has jurisdictions over this case, because the Filipinos rendered their services in Texas and not in the Philippines.

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