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Mexican Slavery In Immokalee, Florida
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September 23, 2011, 03:39 PM
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In Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook writes:

"As a United States attorney for Florida`s Middle District based in Fort Myers, Douglas Molloy has had more than a decade of experience dealing with crime in Immokalee. More specifically, Molloy, who is in his early fifties and has wavy salt-and-pepper hair and a deeply lined face, has gained an international reputation by specializing in prosecuting an act that was supposed to have vanished from the United States 1 45 years ago. At any given time, Molloy works on six to twelve slavery cases. Immokalee, he says, is `ground zero for modern-day slavery. ` He also says that any American who has eaten a winter tomato, either purchased at a supermarket or on top of a fast food salad, has eaten a fruit picked by the hand of a slave. `That`s not an assumption,` he told me. `That is a fact.`"

Both slaves and slavemasters are immigrants, mostly illegal—the example he gives is an illegal Guatemalan victimized by a Mexican.

Immigration enforcemt could free the slaves (and send them back to their home countries) but it`s blocked by the National Council of La Raza, the NAACP...and the growers. You know, the people we have called "the New Slave Power"?