Human Traffic Watch

Your Voice Matters: A Day in Immokalee

In Human Trafficking on September 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

Two weeks later, through the help of IJM, I had been given permission to meet and interview several of the Immokalee farm workers.  I decided to make the 170-mile journey south with a small crew to help me document the trip.  The office of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers isn’t difficult to find. It is a bright, sienna-colored building located at 110 South 2nd Street. It looks like a ray of sunshine shining on a grey, dusty street. Inside, there is a co-op food pantry to the right and a sitting room with comfortable chairs and couches on the left.  A toddler had succumbed to one of the couches and was taking his afternoon nap. Desks lined the back wall and Coalition workers were quietly tapping away on their computers. This was a pleasant place to be. As we made our introductions, I began to learn more about the farm workers who worked there.

 

Silvia Perez, a female farm worker who works at the Coalition spoke to me about her dream of seeing her two children succeed in life. She is willing to work hard so that her children do not have to suffer the abuses that so many others have. Intrigued, I asked if I could speak with her son, Elias. Several minutes later, in walks a bright-eyed, happy 7-year-old boy. He was absolutely adorable. He talked to me about his favorite superheroes (The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man, just in case you were wondering) and about how he liked living in Immokalee.

Source: International Justice Mission

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