Moscow police press slavery charges against co-owner of factory

Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:12 AM

MOSCOW, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Moscow police said they pressed slavery charges against a Vietnamese co-owner of a sweatshop who allegedly employed 700 slaves.

The suspect, along with seven others, is accused of running an illegal factory in a Moscow suburb.

Illegal migrants staffed the warehouse, and the sweatshop owners had seized their documents to prevent them from leaving, RIA Novosti reported.

The co-owner, whose name is not being released, faces 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

Police raided the factory in July as part of anti-migrant raids, but some suspects avoided arrest, RIA Novosti reported.

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