Farmers Asked to Report Slavery in the Fields

A Democratic legislator from Seattle is proposing to require farmers to report any incidents of slavery, peonage, or human trafficking. The bill applies only to fruit and dairy producers, sectors that have been the subject of numerous complaints by workers’ unions. Agribusiness leaders are opposed, warning that highlighting cases of slavery would put a black mark on their sector. State Senator Rebecca Saldaña discussed the new bill with Samuel Orozco on Radio Bilingüe’s program Línea Abierta.

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