Photo: Brendan Mahoney, Camilo Godoy
Denniston Hill, Fallsburg, USA.
This piece reflects on modern day slavery particularly as it affects immigrants from Latin America working in the United States’ agricultural sector.
The undocumented status of an overwhelming number of farm workers has given way to increasing injustice and abuse against them. Reports of exploitation include exclusion from labor laws, pesticide violations, and the use of minors as work force. Out of fear of unemployment or deportation, farmers often remain unable to report employer’s health and safety violations to state authorities. The lack of legal status sets the stage for their invisibility and vulnerability.
I had my legs confined to the dried out trunk of a pear tree for 8 hours.