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Exploited Labor In The USA(Link Out to Audio)

Guestworkers peeling crawfish at Walmart supplier C.J.'s Seafood, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. (National Guestworker Alliance)

Image: National Guestworker Alliance

The story out of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana sounded Third World.  Guest workers in a seafood processing plant allegedly forced to work 24-hour shifts.  80-hour weeks.  Barricaded in so they couldn’t escape.  Threatened with beatings to work faster.  Bullied.  Underpaid.  Families threatened.  Forced labor.

Last month, Wal-Mart suspended the supplier of crawfish, and the horror stories ricocheted around the country.  But in a bad economy, with the pressure on, exploited labor doesn’t just happen on the bayou.

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One thought on “Exploited Labor In The USA(Link Out to Audio)

  1. So wrong and upsetting, there’s no excuse for this kind of business practice. It’s greed, not necessity that causes this. I hope they pay $$.

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