Filipino teachers in the US have won an important legal victory The teachers have been fighting a long-running battle with an agency - Universal Placement International - to find work in Louisiana, US. They had to borrow money to pay the fee and then paid it back at 3 - 5% interest per month. The recruiting firm took away their visas and passports until the loan was repaid. Moreover they had to continue paying 10% of their salaries over the subsequent years. Supported by their union the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) the 350 teachers took the agency to court under laws against the trafficking of labour and have won a settlement of $4.5 million. In the video clip above the teachers talk about the importance of fighting back against such exploitation and the strength which they gained from the support of their union.