Wednesday, April 16, 2008

System enslaves tomato pickers

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WASHINGTON — Slavery exists in the tomato fields of Florida, a U.S. Senate committee was told Tuesday.

"Today's form of slavery does not bear the overt nature of pre-Civil War society, but it is nonetheless heinous and reprehensible," Collier County Sheriff's Detective Charlie Frost told Democratic members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee. No Republicans attended the hearing.
Workers are held in "involuntary servitude" through threats and actual violence against them and their families - often in Latin America - and in a system of "perpetually accruing debt," in which they are overcharged for housing, food, water and transportation, he said.

"Almost certainly, it's going on right now," Frost said.


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