They can’t leave their employer’s property without permission. Their salary is often below minimum wage, but they can’t seek other employment. They can’t complain for fear of losing their jobs or being deported or imprisoned. For too many foreign guest workers in the United States on an H-2 visa, this slavery-like nightmare is their reality. In this award-winning article, Buzzfeed News investigative reporters Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine uncover a twisted underworld beneath the US guest worker program: one that leads to unchecked exploitation of international workers. getAbstract recommends this award-winning article to all who care about workers’ rights.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why workers compare the US guest worker program to slavery,
- Why foreign workers on H-2 visas become stuck with their employers and
- Why companies that violate labor rules often don’t face consequences.
About the Authors
Jessica Garrison, Ken Bensinger and Jeremy Singer-Vine are investigative reporters for Buzzfeed News.