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Woman wins $1.8 million lawsuit against Rockport Donuts in human trafficking case

Posted at 5:38 PM, Apr 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-26 08:12:36-04

A Cambodian woman who says she was forced to work up to 19 hours a day at a Rockport business has won a $1.8 million settlement.

During a federal trial, Sophy Treadway said she was forced to work long hours at Rockport Donuts to pay off a debt incurred when she was brought to the United States.

Treadway earned just $75 a month.

The jury found that the donut shop, and couple that owns it, engaged in peonage -- which is where an employer forces a worker to pay off a debt by working for them.

The jury also found the couple engaged in forced labor and trafficking.