Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

Shrimp peeled by slaves is ending up in U.S. supermarkets, restaurants and the supply chains of major seafood brands and pet food companies, according to an ongoing investigation by the Associated Press. Reporters found nearly 100 Burmese migrants working in the Gig Peeling Factory in in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. The factories, which are actually sheds,…

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Small farms – exempt from workplace safety rules – see more and more deaths

As workplace accidents across the country have declined over the last decade, the number of Midwestern farm deaths has climbed 30 percent. And even though farms have eclipsed mines and construction sites as deadly workplaces, government safety regulators rarely investigate farm workers’ deaths, according to a four-part investigation by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  Farmers are…

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Extra Extra Monday: Prenatal screening tests, prison labor programs and nonprofit donations

Oversold and misunderstood: Prenatal screening tests prompt abortions | The New England Center for Investigative Reporting Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy…

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Extra Extra Monday: Hospice firms drain billions, JPMorgan hired China’s elite, restaurants stay open despite violations

San Diego Has Fallen Behind on Combating Police Racial Profiling | Voice of San DiegoThe San Diego Police Department has often failed to follow its own rules regarding the collection of racial data at traffic stops, saying the community isn’t concerned about racial profiling. A local black officers group, the NAACP and a city councilman…

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ExtraExtra Monday: Newborn screening delays, state fails to keep track of waste, the Pentagon’s bad bookkeeping

Regulations Are Killed, and Kids Die | The NationUnder pressure, the Obama administration withdrew rules barring young laborers from dangerous work—a decision with grave consequences for several families. Health-care Web site’s lead contractor employs executives from troubled IT company | The Washington PostThe lead contractor on the dysfunctional Web site for the Affordable Care Act…

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Extra Extra Monday: Child sex trafficking, cigarette money and sweatshop workers

The Stolen Ones | The Sarasota Herald TribuneChild sex trafficking is an underground economy that thrives here, and everywhere. How can we help those who have been ignored for so long? Some N.J. private schools for disabled students cashing in on taxpayers | New Jersey Star-LedgerA two-month Star-Ledger investigation found Somerset Hills and schools like it…

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Extra Extra Monday: For-profit prisons, the Aurora shooter’s ammo, Koch brother dispute tactics, child labor in gold mines

Gangs Ruled Prison as For-Profit Model Put Blood on Floor | Bloomberg News “No national data tracks whether the facilities are run as well as public ones, and private-prison lobbyists for years have successfully fought efforts to bring them under federal open-records law. Yet regulatory, court and state records show that the industry has repeatedly…

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