Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mexican Ingenuity

With the obvious caveat about our revulsion at the savage cruelty of man's inhumanity to man, etc - as practical jokes go, we thought this showed a fair amount of imagination:

Mexican Farmers Find Novel Way to Exploit Workers

Hundreds of farm workers in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur are being exploited by employers who trick them into believing they are in the United States and keep them in line with threats of deportation, the state’s official Human Rights Commission said.

Commission chairman Jordan Arrazola told capital daily Milenio in an interview published Friday that the recruiters involved in the scam are members of the CTM, one of Mexico’s most powerful labor unions.

“They make them (the workers) believe they are in the United States and don’t let them go out, they practically have them locked up,” Arrazola said.

“The foremen threaten to report them to ‘la migra’ (U.S. immigration authorities) to get them deported,” the official said.

Implicit in this, of course, is that being treated like chattel slaves is perfectly in keeping with their expectations of life in the USA.

We remember hearing a similar story once in Haiti, about a gang who charged people thousands of dollars to flee the country in a boat. They took them in circles around the island for a few days, and then dropped them off near the Port-au-Prince Club Med, telling them to enjoy Miami. Everyone could pretty much walk home from there, poorer, wiser, and even more dejected than when they left.

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