Q&A: America's "Invisible" Child Labor Problem by IRP INC

by Priyanka Boghani

In an interview for the FRONTLINE documentary Trafficked in America, one immigrant teen described his work at an Iowa plant. “The first day that I arrived, I didn’t want to return because it was so horrible,” he said. “It was very cold. And the carts that we would take out of the cooler were heavy. The machines are very sharp and if you’re not paying attention, you put your hand in and it will cut everything.”

Inside the Hidden Reality of Labor Trafficking in America by IRP INC

The teens grew up more than 2,500 miles from central Ohio, in the western highlands of Guatemala. They were impoverished. The smuggler promised them a chance at a better life in America in exchange for $15,000. To help pay, some of their families traded the deeds to their homes.

Their case is at the heart of Trafficked in America, a new documentary from FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley that goes inside the hidden world of labor trafficking. The investigation exposes a criminal network that exploited undocumented minors, the companies who profited from their labor and how government policies and practices helped to deliver some teens directly to their traffickers.

Trafficked in America to air on Frontline by IRP INC

For six years, FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley have been reporting on the exploitation and sexual abuse of immigrant workers in America  — from female farmworkers, to night shift janitors.

Now, the producers behind the award-winning Rape in the Fields and Rape on the Night Shift investigations turn their attention to another hidden story: labor trafficking.

‘Fight Sexual Harassment’ event urges temporary student registration to vote on Persky recall by IRP INC

After discussing the Persky campaign, Said and Modica screened “Rape on the Night Shift,” a documentary about the sexual assault of women in janitorial contract labor and hosted a discussion with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) member and Recall Judge Persky Campaign co-chair Rebecca Armendariz, as well as Maria Gonzalez, a former janitor, sexual assault survivor and community activist.

Investigative Reporting Program, Frontline and Reveal partner to investigate the dark world of sexual harassment and rape female janitors face on the night shift by IRP INC

"Rape on the Night Shift" explores the perilous world of the female janitor and the under-reporting of sexual harassment and rape in the industry. Investigative Reporting Program, Reveal and Frontline partner up to examine these janitors, and ABM, the largest janitorial company whose history of failing to prevent sexual violence comes into question.

"Trafficked in America" explores the illegal world of forced labor on American farms / April 24, 2018 by IRP INC

New Frontline and Investigative Reporting Program collaboration exposes the criminal network that exploits undocumented minors in "Trafficked in America". The story of Guatemalan teens who are forced into working on an egg farm against their will premieres on April 24, 2018 on Frontline.