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July 14, 2005

Florida lawmakers are looking into allegations that several of the state's farm labor camps are running what one U.S. attorney calls modern-day slave operations.



For the most part, the workers are U.S. citizens, and many are homeless African-American men recruited from shelters and soup kitchens. Lured by promises of work, they hop into vans, only to find themselves in fenced farm camps, forced into debt by their bosses and sometimes paid with drugs instead of money.

Law enforcement officials insist tracking down and punishing the camp owners is a priority -- but follow-up raids are rare, and many of the camps are extremely remote. Charities try to help those that want to flee the farms, taking food and clothes to workers in the field.

Always Remember that: "Anytime We As A People Are Not Having Our WaySomeone Else Is Having Theirs...And It's Never To Our Advantage."

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For the most part, the workers are U.S. citizens, and many are homeless African-American men recruited from shelters and soup kitchens. Lured by promises of work, they hop into vans, only to find themselves in fenced farm camps, forced into debt by their bosses and sometimes paid with drugs instead of money.

I think... I'm going... to be sick... sck

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Law enforcement officials insist tracking down and punishing the camp owners is a priority

Oh, good. If it's a priority, then this should be shut down rather quickly, yes?

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but follow-up raids are rare, and many of the camps are extremely remote.

Hmmm... I guess I should have waited for the other shoe to drop. Excuses equal low priority.

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Charities try to help those that want to flee the farms, taking food and clothes to workers in the field.

I got this from Empty Purnata, but I can't remember who said it...

"When I gave food to the hungry, they called me a saint. When I asked why the hungry had no food, they called me a communist." - unknown

Instead of bringing the workers food and clothes, they should bring them weapons to fight their captures, and gasoline to burn down the farm.

If these uninhibited capitalist bastards are going to stop doing this kind of crap, we're going to have to make it cost too much.

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