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Friday, December 21, 2007

Slavery in America

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Slavery in America
Between December and May, Florida produces virtually the entire US crop of field-grown fresh tomatoes. Fruit picked here ends up on the shelves of supermarkets and is also served in the country's top restaurants and in tens of thousands of fast-food outlets.

But conditions in the state's fruit-picking industry range from straightforward exploitation to forced labour. Tens of thousands of men, women and children - excluded from the protection of America's employment laws and banned from unionising - work their fingers to the bone for rates of pay which have hardly budged in 30 years.

Only in America eh? Hundreds of years after slavery was supposedly banned, American’s xenophobic hatred for ‘illegals’ allows a thriving slavery trade to expand and take hold in a capitalist utopia of high prices, high demand and large numbers of exploited people with no rights. The system is purposely overlooked to keep it deregulated and none-unionized in order to keep the final cost as cheap as possible thus maximizing profits, there is something of an irony watching the hated and feared ‘illegals’ being enslaved to put huge amounts of cheap food that gets obscenely wasted onto the tables of an increasingly over weight America.


At 21/12/07 10:16 am, Anonymous Blenheim vintage worker said...

Have you read the grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck Bomber?
Chapter 25 is an eye opener

At 21/12/07 10:22 am, Anonymous Boggle said...

So why do these 'illegals' flock in their droves to the US? Why not stay in Mexico if its so much better?

At 23/12/07 2:27 pm, Anonymous stone cold said...

Exactly. Being a `slave` in the US on ten bucks an hour is better than being a dirt farmer in Mexico. Win-win.

At 28/12/07 12:43 pm, Blogger Heine said...

Not to mention that this year more Cubans than ever risked their lives to get to the US... so much for being exploited and being "hated" by locals.

Sheesh Bomber, the record is getting very tired.


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