Where's the Promised Land?

Duped by gangsters, illegal Chinese migrants are cast adrift in America -- impoverished and afraid

The hiss of the snakehead is soft and seductive and perfectly pitched to the ear of young Chinese who dream of a better life. One need never go wanting for anything in America, the snakehead says. Color televisions. Shiny cars. Dollars by the millions. All is there, just waiting to be claimed.

When the snakeheads -- gangsters infamous for their trafficking in human contraband -- slithered into a village in Fujian Province last year, they found a perfect target in the Chens. The couple was young, ambitious and ready to believe everything they were told. To raise the $2,000 deposit demanded...

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