What is forced labour?

10 Responses to “What is forced labour?”

  1. 2 scmehta
    January 11, 2010 at 08:28

    The labor is forced, when the major part of the work/labor-output/gain is usurped or made away by the labor-exploiters. This must stop; the workers must be paid judiciously.

  2. 3 steve
    January 11, 2010 at 09:48

    They’re forced to accept the pay too? If these places are like what we have in the DC area, it’s mostlhy illegal immigrants, being paid “under the table” so the employer and employee avoid paying payroll taxes, hence governments are denied their lawful tax revenues. The employer can save money by not having to pay social security tax for the employee as well. The reason they are “forced” to do this is because it’s cheaper, but ILLEGAL form of employment since the government is denied taxes, but it’s a day job.

  3. 4 steve
    January 11, 2010 at 14:06

    Also, these people are going to say they are “forced” to do it, because it’s the only work they can get, given most of them are here illegally. That’s like me going to the UK illegally, and saying I’m forced to wash dishes in a restaurant, because that’s the only job I could get due to my illegal status there, being paid under the table, and not paying income taxes.

  4. 5 T
    January 11, 2010 at 15:39

    Like it or not. But if illegal immigrants were deported, the economy would collapse.

    Therefore, various companies market all kinds of things to them. Eveyrthing from mortgages to credit cards and more. If this is really so bad, then how come the govt. doesn’t prosecute all of these people AND deport the immigrants? Because the States are essentially bankrupt.

    Illegal immigration will continue to be a very profitable political football all around.

    • 6 TomK in Mpls
      January 11, 2010 at 20:09

      The economy would not collapse, it would readjust to a realistic balance based on fair pay. It would be very uncomfortable to some for a while. We may actually find we need to eat less food that requires hand harvesting. This of course would be very helpful to people producing foods that can be produced more efficiently.

  5. 7 bmed
    January 11, 2010 at 18:16

    The U.S. economy and agriculture business is dependent on immigrant work, as it has been and will continue to be.
    Many immigrants would not be put in these positions in the first place if their own home countries wouldn’t be dependent on the U.S. agri-business and in economic debt to global entities.
    The cycle of forced labor is a by-product of the lack of accountability on behalf of growers and government enforcement. These fields need to be safe and people working them are ensured the same right as the rest of the U.S. workforce to be respected.

  6. 8 TomK in Mpls
    January 11, 2010 at 20:53

    Forced labor is when you are denied the opportunity to leave. These people are not only free to leave, most Americans wish they would.

  7. January 12, 2010 at 04:19

    Who is not doing their job to eliminate or correct the problem?

  8. 10 Ronald Almeida
    January 12, 2010 at 08:46

    All work done basically to make a living and not as an occupation is forced labour. After all we are supposed to be progressive humans who don’t live in the middle ages anymore.

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