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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