Workers building Saipan casino say Chinese firms misled them

  • In this July 26, 2017, photo, Chinese laborers Jingbao Zhao, left, Xiaoli Wang, center, and Yongbo Sun, protest in front of the Imperial Pacific Casino in Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands, a U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific. Foreign workers at Chinese construction firms building the casino are still waiting to be paid their wages. U.S. officials announced $14 million in settlements last week with the companies after finding workers were paid less than required by law. But hundreds of workers remain confused about what’s owed and how they’ll be paid. (AP Photo/Daniel Lin)

HONOLULU — Zhou Qingjiang was toiling in a factory in China’s rust belt when he decided to pack his bags for America. A recruiter guaranteed a job that paid $3,000 a month — more than triple the average wage in China — as long as Zhou forked over thousands of dollars for his help. The offer was too good to pass up.