Kansas City Star: Human trafficking victims are too often deported

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 | 12:48 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — A newspaper report has found that it is commonplace for federal agencies to deport immigrants without asking whether they have been victims of human trafficking.

The Kansas City Star reported Wednesday that up to one-fourth of the victims who might have testified against their traffickers were deported.

The paper also reported that the deportees are subject to horrible conditions on the plane rides to their native countries. It says deportees on one of two Kansas City-based government airlines have been abused or sedated in violation of federal regulations.

The story was one of a five-part series. It was based on interviews and reviews of court documents and thousands of pages of reports released under the Freedom of Information Act.



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