Editorial: Burger King a party to slavery (Fort Myers News Press)

Slavery, among the worst forms of abuse a human being can inflict on another, is actually a catch-all for grave offenses: exploitation, degradation, violence and impoverishment.

Authorities have arrested six suspects connected to an Immokalee business and charged them with making money off more than a dozen unpaid illegal immigrant farm workers.

Chilling, but not shocking if you visit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers' Web site and view the sweatshop conditions of Florida's tomato industry. The sordid circumstances make illegal immigrant farm workers ripe for slavery, indentured servitude or peonage.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., was scheduled to visit Immokalee Friday afternoon and talk about the campaign to persuade Burger King to join other fast-food chains who raised the pay for tomato pickers by a penny a pound.

That won't totally end the abuse of farm workers, but it's a good place to start. We shouldn't eat at Burger King until then.

-- Deron Snyder is editorial writer and community conversation ambassador