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Farm Workers Fight Slavery

March 9th, 2009 by flanews

Human rights advocates say people are being forced to work for little or no pay on some Florida farms.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers hosted a rally and a play at the state capitol Monday. The play depicted two migrant slaves being beaten and chained to a truck. About 50 members of the coalition traveled to Tallahassee in to ask the governor to step up efforts to stop slavery. They never got a chance. Marc Rodrigues a member of the Student Farm Workers Alliance said the state needs to do more because people are suffering.

Theyre being held against their will, being force to work against their will under climate of threats, intimidation, and violence. Youre watch 24 hours a day to keep you from escaping, said Rodrigues.

Since 1998 police have busted seven slavery rings in the state.

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