Mexico rescues 275 workers from ‘slavery’
MEXICAN authorities have rescued at least 275 people who were being held in slave-like conditions at a camp where tomatoes are sorted and packed for export, officials said.
Thirty-nine teenagers were among those being held against their will at the Bioparques de Occidente camp in Toliman, in the western state of Jalisco, regional prosecutor Salvador Gonzalez said late on Tuesday.
Mexico Rescues 275 Workers From ‘Slavery’ At Tomato Plant In Toliman
“The food was rancid and rotten. They held us as slaves,” Hernandez said.
“They told us that we could leave if we wanted to, but they didn’t let us. They would hide our belongings and threaten us to stay. And if someone tried to escape and they were discovered, they were brought back and beaten.”