Traffickers abuse U.S. reliance on migrant workers
The U.S. agricultural industry depends to a great extent on migrant workers – particularly from Latin America – for labor that gets their harvests to market.
But that reliance has led to abuse from human traffickers, leading to nothing less than modern-day slavery in the U.S.
One federal indictment unsealed last year revealed a years long case of modern-day slavery taking place in the state of Georgia. Investigators say migrants trafficked from Mexico and Central America to this agricultural region were held in dirty camps, fed very little, and paid a pittance to work the fields at gunpoint.
At least two victims of the scheme died. CGTN’s Alasdair Baverstock reports.