Monsanto, seed-corn companies continue use of contractors despite allegations of migrant labor abuses

In a two-year investigation of GMO seed-corn production, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found repeated allegations of labor violations over the past decade against Monsanto, its counterpart DuPont Pioneer, other seed companies, and the companies’ contractors. A review of federal documents, lawsuits and Monsanto records – and interviews with advocates and experts – shows…

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Investigation finds hundreds of workers confined to American fishing boats

An investigation by the Associated Press found that around 700 undocumented men from Southeast Asian and Pacific Island nations are working dangerous fishing jobs on American boats where they are confined for years. They found instances of human trafficking, tuberculosis, insufficient food supplies and 20-hour work days on many of the boats. Some of the…

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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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Investigation into H-2 visa program reveals exploitation, abuse

More than 10,000 people from countries including Mexico, the Philippines and South Africa come to the United States each year on H-2 visas, a government program that allows employers to import foreign labor for jobs Americans won’t take. But a BuzzFeed News investigation has found that thousands of the workers have been deprived of pay,…

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Rape on the Night Shift

  “Sexual assault can happen anywhere. But the way the problem has played out in the workplace largely has escaped public attention. And the night shift janitor is an easy target for abuse.” Reveal, along with partners Frontline, Univision, IRP, and KQED, investigate the sexual abuse of immigrant women in the janitorial industry. They talk…

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Florida’s migrant laborers forced to live in squalor

An investigation by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune has found that thousands of Florida’s migrant laborers are forced to live in dormitories and mobile homes where sewage backs up into kitchens, where leaks turn to mold and broken windows expose tenants to Florida’s extreme weather and pests. The state health department regulates these facilities, but they rarely…

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