with eyes open wide
Many Jamaicans are recruited through labor firms to come to Florida to work at beach resorts as cleaners and other low-end jobs. You may be asking why we have to bring Jamaicans to do this. Well, look around at your fellow U.S. citizens and you tell me if they would be wiling to do the same job or is it “below them.” That’s a topic for a different day…
These poor foreigners come to our country for a short time looking to make good money to send back to their families in Jamaica. Here is how they are treated:
“They had borrowed to pay recruitment fees of $2,000 to $2,500, counting on promises of full-time work and good housing. But in Florida, the cleaning company packed as many as 15 people into unfurnished two-bedroom apartments, for which it collected as much as $5,000 a month. Charges for rent and required extras like $70 for a T-shirt “uniform” reduced the workers’ net pay to subminimum levels, sometimes even zero, and — the final insult — paychecks repeatedly bounced. Children back home waited for money that never came.”
Despicable. I don’t understand how these horrible people sleep at night.