but part of the point is that these were practices that would not be found/allowed in Poland.
There was one thing that I'm familiar with - Poles in 2004 would place adverts in newspapers/etc, offering some seemingly easy work - all you had to do was get to Victoria Coach Station in London, sometimes even with the bus ticket provided. The gangs would then take the victims to work in factories and farms, while keeping most of their wages. "Accommodation" would be provided along with food, but it would be very substandard stuff - they were simply taking advantage of people being ignorant as to the real situation there, especially as the victims were often naive people from small towns and villages.
He's saying that Poles (and Russians) bribe employers in the United States to ensure they are not made redundant when times are tough. Wonder how that works :)
Actually, that was a common practice in some countries, and it's quite possible that Polish companies in the US did the same thing. For instance, during the Bosnian War, state-owned companies were often dormant - and what happened was that savvy people paid off the management during the war to make sure that they had a job once it finished.
I woudn't be surprised if kickbacks were expected in the chaotic early 1990's in Russia as well, though as far as I know, it wasn't a common practice in Poland. Bribing someone to *get* a job was widespread though, and until the introduction of the standardised Matura, bribery to get into university courses was routine.
These days? I wouldn't give a bribe, nor would I expect anyone to ask for one. The anti-corruption authorities are everywhere.