Special report: Forced labor in America

Number 18485
Subject Employment
Source USA Today (Arlington, Va.)
State
Year 2001
Publication Date Nov. 19, 20
Summary This U.S.A Today investigative series reports on domestic worker abuse. The investigation compiles information on more than 140 cases of hidden exploitation. The main finding is that the private home is becoming the modern-day version of a sweatshop. The first part of the series reveals that "many immigrants hired to work as nannies and maids in the United States are instead being forced into virtual bondage, where some are beaten, barred from leaving and denied basic medical care." The victims' status is often illegal, and they are afraid to disclose the abuse for fear of being deported. Statistics quoted in the stories show that immigrant live-ins are generally paid much below minimum wages. The second part of the series looks at the uncertain justice that victims receive, and depicts their difficulties to achieve emotional recovery and financial independence.
Category
Pages 10
Keywords immigrants;immigration;domestic work;foreign-born residents;Justice Department;Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);Human Rights Watch;lawyers;sexual assault;visas;police;courts;international organizations;CAR
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