A federal appeals court has found that a privately run immigration detention center in south Georgia is covered by a federal law prohibiting the use of forced labor.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit’s narrowly drawn opinion does not address the merits of a federal lawsuit claiming the inmates are coerced by threats of force and the withholding of basic necessities to coerce them to work but clears the way for their claims to proceed. 

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