2nd brother sentenced in Pa. trafficking case

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 17 at 7:04 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Ukrainian man convicted of racketeering in what prosecutors say was a scheme to smuggle desperate villagers into the United States to work in bondage has been sentenced in Philadelphia to 20 years in prison.

Thirty-eight-year-old Stepan Botsvynyuk (bohts-VEE'-nyack) was acquitted of extortion last fall. He was ordered on Tuesday in federal court to spend three years on supervised release after his sentence.

His 52-year-old brother, Omelyan (OH'-mel-yahn) Botsvynyuk, was sentenced Monday to life in prison plus 20 years.

Prosecutors say the two forced crews to work long hours cleaning stores, homes and offices in Pennsylvania and other mid-Atlantic states for little or no pay.

Defense attorneys say the workers testified only to get special visas set aside for trafficking victims and to avoid returning to Ukraine.

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