Idaho Christmas tree company accused of human trafficking
OAKLEY, ID – It’s the most wonderful time of the year, unless you work for Pure Forest LLC.
Five workers filed a federal lawsuit, are accusing the Idaho-based Christmas tree company of human trafficking.
The men say they were recruited in Hidalgo, Mexico, with promises of 40 hour work weeks, $16 an hour, and official work visas.
Instead, they were allegedly taken to a remote location in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, forced to share tents, fed rotting food and river water, and worked long hours without sufficient pay.
The plaintiffs also say they were told they’d be shot if they stopped working.
These are no idle accusations, they caught the attention of the Department of Homeland Security, which is now conducting a criminal investigation