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Charge: “Modern-Day Slavery in the State of Florida!”

By BillyClub - Posted on 14 August 2010

On Saturday morning, Aug. 14, 2010, at Baltimore, MD’s Inner Harbor, I interviewed two Human Rights activists, Brigitte Gynther and Oscar Otzoy. They are members of the “Coalition of Immokalee Workers,” (CIW). It is sponsoring a mobile “Florida Modern-Day Slavery Museum,” which has recently been touring the northeast part of the country. See for details: CoalitionofImmokaleeWorkers. Their group has assisted federal officials “in prosecuting six cases of modern-day slavery in Florida.” As recent as Dec. 2008, two farm labor employers were convicted in a “servitude” situation, that, according to the CIW, the U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy labeled: “One of Florida’s biggest, ugliest slavery cases ever!”


It's great news that these farmworkers are finally getting deserved attention, but I had no idea that they were brutally treated. All I knew about the injustice against them was the badly low pay.

At, the following July 10th article is one I just read and it's interesting to see what Prince Charles said.

"The call for supply chain responsibility reaches ever higher heights!

Britain's Prince Charles makes forceful case for "Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability" at meeting of the Consumer Goods Forum, an association of the world's leading retailers..."

The following article of June 3rd has a video of roughly two minutes for words from the man who was a slave in a farm camp that he describes as having been like a prison camp and very brutal. Listen to what this man says. It shouldn't be missed.

"Slavery stories...

Stories in St. Petersburg Times, the Nation focus on the human rights crisis in Florida's fields"

I did a little Web searching for videos and the following one is roughly 31 minutes. The event occurred in March 2009. I haven't listened to it yet, but based on the brief description of it, it definitely seems worth listening to.

Quote: "Journalist E. Benjamin Skinner discusses his book A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. He explains that contrary to popular belief, slavery is still thriving, and describes his experiences coming face to face with slaves and slave traders".

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