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Feds sweep East Coast 7-Elevens in alleged immigration scheme
Feds sweep East Coast 7-Elevens in alleged immigration scheme

Federal agents raided 7-Eleven stores across the East Coast on Monday after prosecutors revealed felony indictments accusing franchise owners of operating an immigrant-exploitation scheme from at least 14 of their convenience stores for more than a decade. In an enterprise that one prosecutor likened to a "modern-day plantation system," nine New York and Virginia franchise owners were accused of employing immigrants who were in the country illegally at their stores, taking their pay and forcing the immigrants to pay rent in housing they owned. "Immigrant workers were routinely forced, upon threat of job loss or deportation, to work upwards of 100 hours a week, to live only...

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