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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

The owner of a Boston-area pizzeria chain was convicted on charges of forced labor after authorities said he threatened his workers with physical harm and deportation in order to keep some of them working 14-plus hours per day for as many as seven days per week.

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... Stavros Papantoniadis, the owner of Stash's Pizza, was arrested March 16, 2023, NewsNation affiliate WWLP previously reported. At the time, he was charged with a single count of forced labor, following allegations that he had intentionally hired workers without immigration status so he could subject them to unfair working conditions.

Authorities alleged that Papantoniadis, 48, threatened employees with deportation and used violence to scare the victims over the span of 14 years.

"To maintain control of those undocumented workers, he made them believe that he would physically harm them or have them deported. He monitored the workers with surveillance cameras, which he accessed from his cell phone, and constantly demeaned, insulted and harassed them," reads a news release issued Friday by U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy of the District of Massachusetts. ...


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 01:16 PM | Reply

Can we deport him? I think we should deport him.

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2024-06-12 01:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Some things call for Capital Punishment.

Or a good Beating followed by years at Hard Labor.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-06-12 04:55 PM | Reply

Some things call for Capital Punishment.

Or a good Beating followed by years at Hard Labor.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2024-06-12 04:55 PM | Reply

Did this guy model his business on Ivanka's sweatshops?

#5 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2024-06-12 05:32 PM | Reply

@#5 ... Did this guy model his business on Ivanka's sweatshops? ...

More likely, after the red-state employers. Which is probably the CBP union said on their website that employers who hire undocumented immigrants are the problem that needs to be solved.

But since many (most?) of those employers tend to be in red-states, Republicans ignore that advice.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2024-06-12 06:40 PM | Reply

More likely, after the red-state employers.

Employers love teenage unaccompanied minors and officials in immigration more than willingly set them up with "sponsors" who get paid by businesses all across the US to hire these children to work long hours in dangerous positions for cheap easily extorted labor just like this.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2024-06-14 11:02 AM | Reply

I'd bet if there were a big crackdown on the employers of undocumented immigrants, there would be far more interest in comprehensive immigration reform from Republicans.

#8 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2024-06-14 03:45 PM | Reply

Were they harvesting children in the basement also? Some folks would be very upset.

#9 | Posted by Dbt2 at 2024-06-14 11:18 PM | Reply

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