By now, most of you are familiar with Freighter Elevator.
For those of you who aren’t, the freighter, built by an Ohio-based company in 2002, was the first modern cargo elevator in the U.S. And in 2015, the company announced it would be selling off the business.
Freight Elevators had more than 150 years of experience in the industry.
The company’s main facility in New York City sits in the same part of Manhattan where a massive warehouse was constructed to house the World Trade Center.
It also sits in a city that has become a hotbed for the drug trade, and for human trafficking.
In recent years, the warehouse, which has a capacity of 5 million barrels of crude oil per day, has been a destination for trafficking victims.
The Freight elevators were designed for transporting the crude oil and refined products of oil and gas operations.
In addition to transporting crude oil, the elevators also are used for transporting hazardous materials such as pesticides, pesticides and pesticides chemicals, according to a 2013 report from the U,S.
Energy Information Administration.
The company’s history of human trafficking has been well documented.
In 2009, a woman from the Philippines was rescued by the Freight elevator and then later brought to New York.
After being held in an apartment in Queens, she was found by a taxi driver, who took her to a warehouse where she was sold to a man in China, according the New York Post.
A man from Venezuela was also arrested in the Bahamas in 2011 and charged with human trafficking, trafficking in a foreign national, and money laundering, according a news release from the Justice Department.
Another man was arrested in New Jersey in 2013 and charged as an adult with being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Finally, a man from South Korea, who was arrested for sex trafficking in 2015 and later charged as a juvenile, was extradited to the U!
A former freight elevator employee told the Post that the elevator is “an example of how dangerous this business is,” and that “it’s an institution that needs to be taken out.”
The elevator was originally designed to transport the oil that was stored in a warehouse, but the oil industry has since moved to other facilities.
In 2015, an elevator company in Texas moved its production of crude from its Freight and Refinery site to a new facility in Dallas.
This is the second time Freight has closed down.
In 2014, it closed its New York facility.
“It’s not going away,” John Zagat, the president of the National Association of Conveyor Belt Freight Operators, told the New Yorker.
“It’s going to be a very, very long time.”
Freight is still in business, but has been replaced by another freight elevator company, and will likely continue to be so for a long time to come.
“I don’t think we’ll see a similar situation as we have now,” Zagatsays.
The new company will continue to operate under the name Freight, and is currently recruiting new employees.
According to the company’s website, it is “dedicated to the advancement of our business and our people.”
It is still unclear what will happen to the former Freight buildings, or to the employees who were rescued.
Sources: ABC News, ABC News | Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_robertson/9171855162957/