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With the promise of a better life ...

You are out driving in the summer and see workers in the fields. You tell yourself that such physical work must be exhausting in the middle of a heat wave, but it doesn't seem to stop them.

"I came to work legally in Quebec to send money to my family. I did not think I was going to be underfed and work more than 16 hours a day for a few dollars."  (Juan, 34 years old)

 

In Quebec, labor exploitation exists in several sectors, including the agricultural industry. For example, some workers have little or no pay, work long hours, are exposed to hazardous products, or are denied access to health care. Being vulnerable and dependent on their employer, it is very rare for these workers to report these human rights violations to the authorities¹.

  

 

¹ Beatson & Hanley, 2015 | CCR, 2020