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Rape in the Fields

June 25, 2013

Lowell Bergman investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women working in America’s fields, farms and factories

(53:41) Lowell Bergman investigates the hidden reality of rape on the job for immigrant women.
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Luis Gutierrez: Exploitation is the “Ugly Sin” of Immigration

Immigration reform is rarely, if ever, looked at through the eyes of migrant women who face sexual exploitation on a daily basis, says the Democratic congressman.

Dolores Huerta: An “Epidemic in the Fields”

The sexual abuse can be traced to the vulnerability that most farmworker women face, especially if they’re undocumented, says the labor leader and civil rights activist.

Bill Tamayo: Criminal Cases Needed to End Immigrant Abuse

Criminal convictions, which have been lacking in cases of rape in the fields, need to be part of the government’s response to the sexual abuse of farmworker women, says the EEOC attorney.

Manuel Cunha, Jr.: Harassment Not “A Big Problem” On Farms

The president of the Nisei Farmers League says that while harassment might be an issue for some farm workers, the scope of the problem is no greater in agriculture than in other industries.

Resources for Agricultural Workers

If you are an agricultural worker who has been sexually victimized at work, there are a variety of resources available to you.

Why Have There Been So Few Sexual Assault Prosecutions In the Agriculture Industry?

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Female Workers Face Rape, Harassment In U.S. Agriculture Industry

Hundreds of female farmworkers have complained to the federal government about being raped and assaulted, verbally and physically harassed on the job, while law enforcement has done almost nothing to prosecute potential crimes.

The EEOC: At the “Vanguard” of Fight Against Discrimination

The federal agency on the forefront of defending migrant workers from sexual abuse receives thousands of complaints each year, and operates on a budget that costs less that a fighter jet.

For Shadow Victims of Violence, the “U Visa” Can Help

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The Hidden Story of Rape on the Job in America

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