October 24, 2014
The federal government has dismissed charges against three Chinese nationals accused of involuntary servitude.
The men were accused of forcing a troupe of acrobats to perform against its will.
But Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre says he no longer believes the government has sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Under federal labor laws, the government would have had to prove the acrobats' performances were obtained by threats of serious harm or by means of abuse or threatened abuse.
The complaint was filed after a female member of the China Star Acrobats who served as the group's interpreter fled a southwest valley home and contacted authorities
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