SLAVERY IN FLORIDA

07/11/02

At a federal trial two weeks ago in Ft. Pierce, three labor contractors were found guilty on federal charges of holding as many as 600 people in involuntary servitude. The victims were largely immigrant farm workers from Mexico and Guatemala. As they crossed the border from Mexico into Arizona they were offered transportation to "work" on the east coast. But the cost was high. Typically the indentured workers were charged $1,000 by the contractors for the cross country trip. With wages so low and additional charges for other items, the workers were held against their will and not freed until the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and the FBI intervened. Guest: Laura Germino of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

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