Victims’ advocate: Oversight needed for labor recruiting

WASHINGTON — The O‘ahu brothers at the center of a high-profile human trafficking case that fell apart in federal court last week say they were victims of an overzealous government persecution.

In an astonishing turn of events, all charges against Aloun Farms owners Alec Sou and Mike Sou were dropped at the government’s request “in the interest of justice.”

The legal ordeal that Aloun Farms owners Alec Sou and Mike Sou went through could have been avoided all together, said Karen Stauss, an attorney and program director for the nonprofit Free the Slaves.

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