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Lawsuits allege staffing agencies, currency exchanges scheme against factory workers

Lawsuits allege staffing agencies, currency exchanges scheme against factory workers

During the pre-dawn quiet, as most of Chicago sleeps, the city's Little Village neighborhood is busy with vans.

They creep slowly down rain-slicked 26th Street, sharklike, picking up a lone figure standing amid the darkened storefronts, a pair holding lunch satchels on the corner, a woman bundled against the cold as she waits outside a home on a residential side street.

The vans transport the workers from the mostly Mexican immigrant neighborhood to their shifts at suburban factories, and back. They serve a critical function in a regional economy that depends heavily on low-wage temporary laborers to assemble toys, package liquor bottles, print advertising fliers and perform...

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