Trade Deal Fails Haitian Workers
From Amy Bracken for Al Jazeera America, part one of an investigation of the working conditions for Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Conditions were supposed to improve under a trade deal between the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and five Central American countries. But Bracken documents a harsh life for Haitians working on the sugar plantations including excessive hours and unsanitary living conditions.
A plantation owner tells Bracken there is little or no enforcement of labor standards: “No, they are not interested in how we’re treating the Haitians.”
In Part Two, Bracken explains the cozy relationship between U. S. government officials and America’s sugar barons.
[Reporting sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation.]