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Human trafficking case has Red River Valley connection

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A federal indictment paints a man with ties to the Red River Valley as the muscle involved in a massive human-trafficking conspiracy linked to farm operations in Hawaii.

Shane Germann, 41, formerly of Hope and Valley City, N.D., is named as an onsite manager, regional supervisor and security guard for a California-based company whose officials are accused of luring about 400 Thai nationals into forced labor in the United States under threat of financial ruin.

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