Some Say Crop Picking May Be Modern Day Slavery
If you were to ask someone if slavery still exists in the U.S. they will more than likely say no. Several people in the upper valley disagree. They say that jobs like picking crops in fields like this may be a form of modern day slavery.
You can find farm workers anywhere in the upper valley, working hard to make sure we have food on our table. But for some organizations several of these men and women are mis-treated. Not just here, but across the nation.
Hector Guzman is a member of the Student Farm Worker alliance at UTPA.
He says the issue hits close to home and that modern slavery shouldn't exist at all. Guzman says it makes no sense that a multi billion dollar industry pays its workers the bare minimum.
The organization has joined others for the campaign for fair food. It targets large corporations that make huge profits.
They want corporations that purchase large amounts of tomato to come to the table with CIW and sign agreements where they will pay a penny more per pound of tomato. and sign a code of ethics to make sure human rights are not violated on the field.