Iowa files child labor charges against plant

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa attorney general's office has filed child labor charges against the owner and managers of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant, the site of one of the largest workplace immigration raids in U.S. history.

The complaint filed Tuesday alleges more than 9,000 violations of Iowa's child labor law at the plant in Potsville. The attorney general's office says the violations occurred from Sept. 9, 2007, to May 12, 2008.

The complaint indicates the violations involved 32 children under age 18, including seven who were younger than 16.

The Agriprocessors plant was the site of a May 12 federal immigration raid that led to the arrest of nearly 400 people, making it one of the largest single-site raids in U.S. history.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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