Admitted Slavery in America Today?

"I think most Americans would find it hard to believe that people in our country are pleading guilty to slavery charges in the year 2008, but that is what is going on in the tomato fields of Florida," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. Tuesday, five residents of Immokalee, Florida pled guilty to what Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy called "slavery, plain and simple." Sanders visited Immokalee earlier this year and chaired a hearing of the Senate labor committee to discuss the situation there.

"I think most Americans would find it hard to believe that people in our country are pleading guilty to slavery charges in the year 2008, but that is what is going on in the tomato fields of Florida," said Sen. Bernie Sanders. Tuesday, five residents of Immokalee, Florida pled guilty to what Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Doug Molloy called "slavery, plain and simple." Sanders visited Immokalee earlier this year and chaired a hearing of the Senate labor committee to discuss the situation there. He said, "While slavery is, of course, the most extreme situation in the tomato fields, the truth is that the average worker there is being ruthlessly exploited. Tomato pickers perform backbreaking work, make very low wages, have no benefits and virtually no labor protections."

To read Sen. Sanders' complete statement, click here.

To read a Ft. Myers News-Press article about the verdict, click here.