A modern day ‘Harvest of Shame’: Today’s blue collar temp laborers face abuses in Florida, elsewhere
This story was done in collaboration with VICE News.
By Michael Grabell, ProPublica
CRANBURY, N.J. – Half a century ago, the legendary journalist Edward R. Murrow came to this pancake-flat town in central New Jersey to document the plight of migrant farmworkers for a television special called “Harvest of Shame.”
Today, many of Cranbury’s potato fields have been built up with giant warehouses that form a distribution hub off Exit 8A of the Jersey Turnpike. But amid this 21st century system of commerce, an old way of labor persists.