Migrant Labor: Worked to Death

When the call came to emergency services, all the operator could decipher over the foreign voices howling in the background was a man yelling, "Sinking water, sinking water!" The operator implored the man to pass the phone to an English speaker, but he just kept shouting those two words before the line cut out.

The caller's identity remains unknown, but his fate and that of 22 of his countrymen who died on that Feb. 5 night in 2004 was a reminder of the dangers facing illegal immigrants in Britain. Like many other Chinese migrants who find...

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