Bet the Farm

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Read­ers’ re­ac­tions to “Fields of Dreams,” our pro­files of mi­grant farm work­ers, spanned the gamut from “in­den­tured slav­ery!” to “nice work if you can get it!”

“What’s so wrong with this? Do they not go home at the end of their con­tract hav­ing made sub­stan­tially more than they would

have in their home coun­try? Seems like a good deal for every­one in­volved.” —Ax_to, Red­dit

“Call it what it is…SLAV­ERY!” —Claudette Snow, Face­book

“They should get the same rights as any­one from Canada do­ing the same job.”—Shel­ley

Fisher, Face­book

“Not all im­mi­grant work­ers are treated so poorly. Some come back for over 20 years, as the money they make in Canada ex­ceeds what they can make in the West Indies.”

—Cathy Beda, Face­book

“The work­ers on the farms I’ve worked on were treated in­cred­i­bly well. They didn’t have to pay travel costs or lodg­ing, and they made min­i­mum wage plus ex­tra for week­end work. That be­ing said, I’m sure there are peo­ple out there be­ing mis­treated. It’s a shame that it’s hap­pen­ing, but it’s not hap­pen­ing ev­ery­where.”

—Chew­bac­cas_­tail, Red­dit

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