POSTED: 4:38 p.m. HST, Oct 8, 2010
The chief executive of a company accused in a human trafficking case in Hawaii will be released on bond conditions, but must stay at a halfway home in Honolulu, U.S. District Judge Susan Mollway decided today.
Mordechai Orian of Global Horizons Manpower Inc. has been in federal custody since last month after he was indicted along with five associates in an alleged forced labor scheme that victimized 900 Thai workers at farms in Hawaii and the mainland.
For his release, Orian was able to post a reduced bond of $250,000, down from $1 million, secured through various real estate holdings.
Federal prosecutors wanted him to be held without bail, as they considered him a flight risk. Orian will still monitored by federal agents. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 23 next year.