6/05/2005

Daily Kos :: Slavery in Florida on Jeb's Watch: Ignoring Published Reports, He Permits it to Continue

Slavery in Florida on Jeb's Watch: Ignoring Published Reports, He Permits it to Continue
by Lawyer to Capitalists
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Sun Jun 5th, 2005 at 13:28:03 CDT

CNN is reporting today that federal agents raided a slave camp filled with homeless persons in Florida. Specifically:

Federal agents raided a migrant farm labor camp where homeless men and women were kept in what labor officials called a version of modern-day slavery.

Four people, including the camp's owner, Ronald Evans, face federal charges in a case that officials said is likely to grow. Investigators are looking into alleged environmental violations and drugs found at the camp in Friday's raid.

"The word is out that we are concerned about human trafficking, and we will leave no stone or camp unturned," said Steve Cole, a spokesman for Jacksonville U.S. attorney Paul I. Perez.

Officials said homeless people were recruited to the Evans Labor Camp through offers of room and board, along with alcohol, tobacco and drugs, which they bought on credit. But they never made enough in the field to pay it off, according to an investigative summary.


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I think an interesting question to be asked is, in a state the size of Florida, how are the Governor's office and/or state law enforcement agents not aware of something like this? Too busy holed up in Pinnelas Park, interfering in the private life choices of law-abiding citizens, were they? Too busy imposing their religious mores on others to discover that there are homeless people being held in slavery in a drug-infested labor camp?

...migrant worker slavery in Florida was no secret.

For instance, columnist Bill Maxwell in the St. Petersburg Times reported on it in 2002, specifically ending his column with a shout-out to Jeb for help..

How do you like them apples, folks? So, does anyone think this will affect Jeb's political prospects? Feel free to muse below!

Daily Kos :: Slavery in Florida on Jeb's Watch: Ignoring Published Reports, He Permits it to Continue

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