Human Trafficking Lawsuits Against Signal International Expand

Human Trafficking Lawsuits Against Signal International Expand

"The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers to the United States and forcing them to work under barbaric conditions.  The new lawsuits filed on behalf of 60 workers are part of an unprecedented effort by some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms to prosecute, on a pro bono basis, multiple human trafficking lawsuits against Signal.  In addition to the lawsuits filed today, three law firms filed lawsuits on behalf of 83 guest workers in May.  The lawsuits follow David v. Signal International LLC, which was filed by the SPLC in 2008 on behalf of 12 named plaintiffs and a class of Indian guest workers." - SPLCenter, Aug. 8, 2013.