Back when Sheriff Keith Nygren was in office, I was standing in line for a flu shot next to his chief jailer.
We got to talking about the illegals he was housing.
He told me that Chinese men and woman paid rather enormous sums (I remember $40,000) to get flown into O’Hare Airport.
They had no papers, so ended up in the McHenry County Jail’s ICE facility.
No big surprise there.
I still have not figured out how or why they were released, but, when they were, the men worked off their debt in Chinese restaurants living in the basements.
The women, he said, worked off their debt as prostitutes.
The pressure to do so was because of threatened punishment for family members still in China.
Now comes this story from the Daily Herald that the Palatine Chinese restaurant The Dream Place lost its license for two weeks and was fined $2,000 because three men were found living in its basement.
Just temporary the restaurant manager said and the Palatine inspector said no one was living there when she visited in August.