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About a dozen people were arrested in cities across the U.S. Tuesday for running what authorities called a sophisticated sex trafficking operation in which hundreds of women were brought from Thailand to America under fraudulent visas and forced to work as prostitutes to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in bondage debts.The women – including one who was forced to have sex with strangers for 12 hours a day, six or seven days a week – were not allowed to move about freely and were "effectively modern day sex slaves," according to a redacted indictment unsealed Tuesday.In one case, Khu said, a woman tried to get out of a situation and the organization sent "muscle" to assault a family member in Thailand, breaking his bones.The indictment says one victim recruited in 2010 agreed to a $40,000 bondage debt. Khu said the head of the organization, who was based in Thailand, was recently arrested in Belgium for separate trafficking offenses there.
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