Essential but exposed: US farm laborers lack virus protection
Los Angeles (AFP) - Working side-by-side without gloves or masks, packed into dormitories at night -- farm laborers who harvest the crops that feed the United States are considered essential workers, yet the conditions in which they live and work make them especially susceptible to the coronavirus pandemic.Around 2.4 million people work in fields across the United States -- the country with the most novel coronavirus cases globally.Like doctors, nurses, firefighters and supermarket workers, they cannot stop during the crisis, which has forced three-quarters of the population to stay at home.E...
'Roma' casts spotlight on Latin America's domestic workers
Montevideo (AFP) - She scrubs plates, mops floors and washes clothes with vigor. She works when others relax. And she plays games with children who are not hers, even though they might feel a bit like family by now. Just like Cleo, the live-in nanny in Alfonso Cuaron's Oscar-nominated film "Roma," Ignacia Ponciano represents millions of women working in domestic service across Latin America for want of a better opportunity."Nacha," as she is known, started working at the Rodriguez household in Mexico City 30 years ago, when she was in her late teens. She left her rural village for the capital ...