U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Big US detention center sued for paying detainees $1 a day

Washington state on Wednesday sued the operator of one of the largest private immigration detention centers in the United States, claiming thousands of detainees were paid $1 per day for the work they performed but should have received the state's much higher minimum wage.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit claiming The GEO Group made millions of dollars and profits by illegally exploiting the workers. The Florida-based company owns and operates the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Detainees since 2005 did laundry, cooked, cleaned and performed other work but were only paid $1 per day...

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