Hunger Striking Indian Workers Seek Justice On Capitol Hill – 05/23/08
By Doug Cunningham
Hunger striking Indian workers victimized by human labor trafficking allegedly committed by Signal International on the Gulf Coast took their quest to bring Signal to justice to Capitol Hill Wednesday. Several of the hunger striking workers have been hospitalized. Before escaping and reporting the abuse, the workers they say they were enslaved at Signal labor camps under the H2B worker visa program, which Congress is considering expanding. Stephen Boykewich is with the New Orleans Workers Center For Racial Justice.
[Boykewich]: “What we need and what their main message is, is a just, fair immigration system and set of labor standards that give American workers the jobs they deserve. And when immigrant labor is necessary, it ought to happen justly, humanely, with fair wages.”