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Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative: Migrant Workers

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Anna Jensen Anna Jensen

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Friday night the downtown campusof Cape Fear Community College hosted a film screening and discussion about theexploitation of migrant workers in North Carolina. This was part of its "Not4$ale, the HumanTrafficking Awareness Initiative" series.

Thepanelists included a bi-lingual farm worker, a person from Legal Aid of NorthCarolina-Farmworker, and a representative from Toxic Free North Carolina. Theirmain topic of discussion was the harsh conditions workers have on North Carolinafarms including unfair wages, poor working conditions, and even cases of sexualassault.

AnnaJensen, a community organizer for Toxic Free North Carolina says "These areconditions that make them vulnerable to exploitation and labor trafficking. Wejust want to raise awareness about the living and working conditions that areoften things that people would consider really inhumane if they knew about them."

Jensen says alot of tobacco farms east of Raleigh as well as blueberry farms in southeasternNorth Carolina are subject to these harsh migrant conditions.

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