Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"Modern-day slavery" labor camp still operating

A farmworkers' rights attorney who went to the East Palatka labor camp to see if the workers still there needed any assistance found that most of the workers were still in the fields.

"I believe that they are still working and the camp is still operating," said Lisa Butler of Florida Rural Legal Services Inc.

Utilities at the camp were still on, Butler said, but she had not determined whether the workers were still being fed.

The camp was described as "modern-day slavery" by a federal agent, who said homeless men and women are recruited through offers of room and board — including alcohol, tobacco and drugs — which they buy on credit and never make enough in the field to pay off. See previous post here.

Read today's Palatka Daily News story here.


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