The Associated Press published the results of an investigation their reporters did into abuses of the J-1 work visa, a popular way for foreign students to travel to the U.S. to work for several months and experience life in another country.
Americans tend to think that exploitation happens in other places at the hands of other people. But thousands of foreign students have suffered right here in the U.S. at the hands of third-party middleman who arrange for the students’ stay in the US.
Students have had their passports and travel documents confiscated and were forced to work in strip clubs and other adult entertainment to pay for their return. They’ve worked for less than minimum wage and been housed in crowded apartment where they have to share beds.
Not really what you’d expect to experience in America.
According to the story, the U.S. State Department has failed to respond to complaints they’ve received over the last 20 years and has only recently begun to keep a database of complaints.