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Worker abuse by diplomats a problem, advocates say

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

NEW YORK — The arrest of an Indian consular official in New York accused of forcing her maid to toil for little pay has highlighted a problem advocates say is all too common — workers for foreign governments who bring along the baggage of human trafficking to the U.S.

Anti-trafficking lawyer Dana Sussman says the claims of abuse are made against international workers of all levels. She is representing the housekeeper.

The most recent case has caused tension between the U.S. and India. The country's deputy consul general in New York was arrested on charges accusing her of lying on a visa form by stating she paid her housekeeper $4,500 a month, but actually paid her less than $3 per hour.

She has denied the charges.

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cliffcarson says... December 29, 2013 at 7:25 p.m.

Big problem? How many other diplomats have been arrested and strip searched? Was it in the paper? Why would you strip search someone because of a civil complaint?

Her lawyer says on TV that there were two contracts made to the housekeeper , 1) For S3.31 for an amount to send to her father in India, the other for payment of the work she did in her job function as a maid. And he said they would be presented at the trial.

Also this maid was an Indian Citizen working for another Indian Citizen. How did the New York City Police manage to put itself into this Gordian Knot?

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Wassup says... December 30, 2013 at 8:01 a.m.

Your logic is flawed. If diplomats from Argentina brought in prostitutes because prostition is legal there, or diplomats from Portugal brought in recreational drugs because they are legal there, your logic is that it's not illegal on U.S. territory?
I also did not see "strip search" in the news story, nor did I see quotes from the diplomat's attorney.

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