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  • Special report: Forced labor in America

    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.
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    In September the La Raza Centro Legal in California launched a Domestic Workers Project in light of several cases of alleged abuse and financial neglect on the part of employers toward domestic workers. The issue became nationally recognized when Hilma Rodriguez sued her employers for money she claimed they owed her. In the process she has opened a scandal that has taught many about the wage expectations and rights of illegal immigrants in California.

    CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (Toronto) reports on the physical, mental, and sexual abuse of foreign domestic workers who come to Canada to work as live-in house-helpers, Sept. 18, 1991.