12 Responses to “Worker testimony on being held and escaping slavery in Immokalee, Fl.”

  1. January 11, 2010 at 19:50

    This issue can be solved by ethical buying. McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s have found it costs them less than one cent per pound extra to buy tomatoes which are fair-trade-certified. One cent per pound.

    If the one percent of the population who are aware adopted responsibility to end this, and started a campaign to pressure their produce department buyers and the corporate execs at the top of the supermarkets, this problem would disappear; the tomato packers would be forced, all at once, to adopt fair trade practices, and this would end.

    It’s similar to the bankers who are asking for firmer regulation; if all of the industry has uniform economic and regulatory pressure at once, there are no one-sided pressures on the businesses who want to do the right thing, no advantages to businesses who willingly do the wrong thing.

    And, FYI, I grew up 30 miles from Immokalee.

    • 2 Jonathan Bosch
      January 12, 2010 at 05:03

      An appropriate gauge of commitment to fair labor practices among tomato packers in Florida would be a question as to where they shop. Are they not also looking to
      find the best prices on food, despite the “slavery” caused elsewhere? Ask them where they shop and what their convictions are for doing so.

  2. January 11, 2010 at 19:52

    What a rousing defense of slavery, “I have no sympathy for these illegal immigrant criminals”. Way to stand up for your values Americans.

  3. 5 peon
    January 11, 2010 at 19:56

    No one believes if they paid more for a tomato that the difference would be going to preventing slave-like conditions for the workers. Everyone thinks it would be a scam to put more money in the hands of rich owners or middle men. Unfortunately in our corrupt greedy capitalist system, it is probably a correct assumption.

  4. 6 TomK in Mpls
    January 11, 2010 at 20:36

    No matter what is done, some will gain, and some will loose. We need to ignore the rhetoric and do what provides the best sustainable future for the legal citizens.

  5. 7 T
    January 11, 2010 at 23:07

    Before you have a go at illegal immigrants, consider this.

    Here in the States, the unemployment rate is almost 18%. Many “experts” say, if you get sacked, start your own small business! It’s the “perfect opportunity.” But what they don’t say is bailed out banks still aren’t giving credit to these small firms. Small business health coverage is almost impossible to get. Unemployment benefits have run out for many.

    Now, more people here are going overseas for work. For esentially the same reasons as illegal immigrants coming here.

  6. 8 T
    January 11, 2010 at 23:13

    In a recent survey, roughly 10% of Brits said they want to emigrate. Imagine if 10% of Americans left (30 million people). Their govt. tortures and denies citizens health care (a basic human right). They monitor all communications. Some are beaten, tasered and thrown in jail (just for being in the wrong place).

    Could these people go elsewhere as “refugees” (under intl. law)?

  7. 9 hero
    January 12, 2010 at 05:34

    americans, thats nothing man. it’s all winges.

  8. 10 Luci Smith
    January 12, 2010 at 12:24

    Allow me to express my disagreement with some of the comments above.

    Slavery is never acceptable.

    Abusing the rights of people, – illegal immigrants -whoever- is unacceptable.
    And thank you for telling me which products to boycott.

  9. 11 Luci Smith
    January 12, 2010 at 12:26

    And if someone was being ironic, I am sorry to have taken you literally.

  10. 12 kamalanii
    January 12, 2010 at 16:54

    OK, so this poor illegals are been slavery? what about what they do using abusing and destroy the system? they have no respect for America!! is sad that the goverment allow this to happend.there is alot of American’s willing to work in the farm.

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