Slave camps

Book pages 36-38

In Florida the Attorney General directly accused such plantations of practicing slavery.

Here they work, in heat, dust and soot with razor-sharp machetes. Fingers and toes are often chopped off.

After an exhausting day's work the men are driven in trucks like cattle to camps often enclosed by barbed wire and "No Trespassing" signs.

Just before my visit two such trucks tipped over, killing one and injuring 125. Instead of receiving compensation, the men were fired.

Inside the camps, with often over 100 to a room, only one dared talk with me, hidden in a bathroom, as they are immediately fired for talking to whites.

Though these slave camps are owned by Gulf & Western, the real slave holder is the government and the taxpayers, who pay up to half the operating cost to avoid cheap imported sugar.



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