Niskayuna business owner sentenced for labor trafficking
A local restaurant owner has been sentenced to five years’ probation for labor trafficking.
Schenectady County is charging Piyamas Demasi – who owned two restaurants in Niskayuna that recently closed – Thai Thai Bistro and Karma Bistro.
Demasi hired a woman from Thailand to work for her, then failed to pay the woman, forcing her to live off tips.
The district attorney’s office requested jail time, but a judge instead sentenced Demasi to probation and 250 hours of community service.