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The Trouble With Tomatoes: Slave Labor (and That Cardboard Taste)

Unprotected jobs

CNNI has a series on slave labor and the sex trade all over the world. They had a program about agricultural workers legally imported from Thailand. They initially work in Hawaii for low wages, if and when they received any pay. Later, they were sent to a non-unionized Southern state, where they suffered further abuse. Illegal workers from Mexico used to receive $9 an hour for agricultural work in California. After NAFTA, the growers who use to pay $9 in California went to Mexico and points south, paying $11 a day in Mexico. One grower from California wondered why the same workers in Mexico didn't work as hard as they did in California. The basic point is that, regardless of your legal status, tariffs protected all jobs in the United States. Mexico needs tariffs too!

Pervis James Casey

Riverside, CA

Jul 27 2011 - 4:06pm

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