is Justin King was directly involved in handling over a hundred trafficked laborers in an operation with a total of over 200, and would have trafficked 1500+ more if he hadn't been caught. He profited from this (including exploitative practices like overworking and not paying overtime), and got off with about 3 years (possibly less) jail time (when he was facing up to several decades) and forfeiting some of the profits (no fines). His (non-American) co-conspirators took plea deals but he took the case to trial.
Here's the DOJ releases about Justin King's involvement in human trafficking.Indictment: https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2008/February/08_crm_145.html
Archive: https://archive.is/fMwD8Conviction: https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2007/December/07_crm_967.html
Archive: https://archive.is/fXXAzSentencing: https://www.justice.gov/archive/opa/pr/2008/February/08_crm_145.html
Archive: https://archive.is/fMwD8>King faces a maximum of five years in prison on the visa fraud conspiracy charge. The visa fraud and the alien smuggling conspiracy counts each carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The government is also seeking forfeiture of $3.2 million from the four defendants involved in this matter. Senior U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier set sentencing for Feb. 12, 2008.
There's one conspiracy to commit visa fraud charge (1 x 5 years).
There are five counts of visa fraud (5 x 10 years & $250,000)
There is one count of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling (1 x 10 years & $250,000)
This adds up to a maximum of 65 years and $1.5 million in fines
.>Justin Eric King, 27, of Chipley, Fla., has been sentenced to 41 months in prison followed by three years supervised release resulting from his conviction on charges of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, visa fraud and conspiracy to commit alien smuggling, Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher of the Criminal Division and United States Attorney Gregory R. Miller of the Northern District of Florida announced today. […] all conspirators, including King, have agreed to a joint forfeiture of $1million.
In other words, he got 5% of the maximum time and 0% of the fines. He was also released early, on 11/19/2010
He was sentenced on February 26, 2008. That rounds up to 33 months
of time, about a 20% reduction on a sentence that was already only 5% of the maximum.
You can verify his release at https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/
with register number 06782-017
From the sentencing link, I'd just like to highlight this nugget:>King became a part of the conspiracy in 2005 and quickly took over the role of negotiating new contracts with hotel owners, communicating with state and federal agencies and broadening the conspiracy. Approximately 72 aliens entered the country under fraudulent visa petitions on which King worked. King harbored another 39 aliens and an additional 1,558 aliens would have entered the United States if additional fraudulent petitions King worked on had been approved.
PDF #1 is the indictment.
PDF #2 is a witness testimony from one of the workers who was trafficked.
King comes up on page 7 line 20.
The whole thing is worth reading (it's short) but check pages 15-18 for the work hours and payment. TL;DR they were cheating the workers out of overtime and using "processing fees" to engage in wage theft, so hardly doing this to help some poor people get a better chance in the US or something like that.
>"Is Justin King a Snitch?"
This is a blog post covering some of the man's history after the author found red flags in doing due diligence on some protests. It covers even more suspicious things that this post doesn't get into.
>"Let's Talk About Beau… (aka Justin King)"
Here are a couple of r*ddit comments where an /r/breadtube user did some legwork on him, complete with Certified Organic Reddit replies celebrating human trafficking as praxis.
Original: https://www.reddit.com/r/BreadTube/comments/anlbgb/lets_talk_about_beau_aka_justin_king/>"Let's Talk About Beau"