• BY LINDSAY WHITEHURST, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SALT LAKE CITY — Jan 26, 2016
A federal judge heard Tuesday from five children and teenagers who say they were pulled out of class to work long hours picking pecans at a Utah ranch while they were growing up in a polygamous group.
The testimony in Salt Lake City came after labor lawyers asked a judge to hold in contempt a company accused of using used 1,400 unpaid laborers, including 175 children, during a 2012 pecan harvest taped by TV news cameras.
The U.S. Department of Labor is also seeking back wages against Paragon Contractors.
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