Fields of Despair

Number 20687
Subject Farms
Source Miami Herald
State FL
Year 2003
Publication Date August 31
Summary This report examines the harrassment of Florida's farmworkers who are lured with fake promises by contractors. This report describes a tale of hidden, often brutal working conditions where farmworkers live in slum housing, povery pay and criminal abuse. The examination also unravels as to how scofflaw farm labour contractors (middlemen) are still eyeing preys despite many of them having stripped licences and prison histories. Furthermore, the story details on how work against this harrassment is unsuccessful largely because politicians themselves have vested interests in many farmlands in this area.
Category General
Pages 22
Keywords agriculture;North Florida;abuse
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