Sexual assault and rape are always difficult to prove in court. For justice to prevail on a large scale for these abused workers, a number of problems need to be addressed: collect data for statistical and front-of-mind purposes, ensure training through the value chain on rights, duties, obligations and promoting awareness not to mention co-operation and prevention.
Tonight PBS's FRONTLINE will air an encore presentation of the duPont-Columbia Award winning Rape in the Fields, their 2013 investigation of the hidden reality of rape on the job for undocumented women working in America’s farms, fields and factories.
Fear of deportation engendered a veil of open silence among victims which has been lifted somewhat with this documentary. Brave women volunteer to relate their own stories of the high price they pay to provide for and protect their families in the hope that it will not happen to other women. Mature audiences only due to subject matter.
Check your local listings for TV viewing or watch on-line now. Read the progress to date in the fight for secure fields and packing houses.
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