Ukranian students claim exploitation in job program

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — They traveled overseas for what they thought would be a memorable, fun experience in North Carolina. Instead a group of Ukrainian students say they were forced to work more than 80 hours a week.

The three women are part of a work exchange program in which students from overseas are set up with jobs here in the US. They work, make some money, and in exchange leave with what should be a great experience. The girls, though, had a different experience in their jobs at Waves in Surf City.

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“When we came it was another situation, because we worked 14 hours per day without day off, without break and without overtime,” Olga Nevdakho said.

Coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 6 p.m., we’ll have more of the girls’ story, and we’ll tell you about the local woman who stepped in to help them. We’ll also hear from their employer about the working conditions at the store.