posted on Aug, 14 2011 @ 02:46 AM
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
There's a few things...
1) A kid can be happy running around and picking grapes, sure. Done it myself. Thing is, there's a difference between doing it for an afternoon for
fun, and doing it day after day after day after day on strict hours because your family's livelihood depends on it, and if you don't the boss calls
INS and you get sent back to wherever. We're not talking about a weekend at the farm, we're talking about factory labor.
2) Do you think these kids are paid as much for their labor as adults? leaving aside for a moment the probability that the adults are being exploited
for their labor as well, do you really think the kids are getting paid as much as they should? Very probably not. Thus they are effectively being
3) Kids' bodies are, bullcrap to the contrary aside, rather more fragile than adults'. Their physical needs are greater. They can suffer heat
exhaustion and dehydration more easily. Do you think that there are considerations in place? Of course not, because if they aren't there for the adult
laborers (I assure you, they're not.) then they certainly won't be there for child laborers.
4) do the kids actually have a choice
in the matter? Odds are their parents are pressured to pressure them. This is double levels of
exploitation, effectively forcing these kids to work for a pittance in hostile conditions against their will, while stressing the parents greatly.
And there's a huge difference between the "family farm" and this. Mainly in the fact that the family farm was subsistence, self-sustaining. The
children worked on the farm because doing so helped bring prosperity to the family as a whole. This is not the case on gigantic agrabusiness farms.
The laborers here are working for wages below poverty level with no benefits or protections. Their work does not go towards the betterment of the
family or community, it goes towards making sure Wal-Mart has cheap blueberries to throw out if they don't sell in two days.
All so that you can have a little basket of raspberries - which costs you more to buy than is paid to the people who picked them by a factor of nearly
edit on 14/8/2011 by TheWalkingFox because: (no reason given)