Slaving for Cane - From a Photo essay by Antonin Kratochvil. A Haitian cane cutter in Barahona, Dominican Republic, walks through the smoke in a field being burned to prepare for harvest. Everything about the bateys, where these immigrant Haitian cane cutters live and work, suggests slavery: the clusters of shacks, the lack of running water, electricity, sanitation; the form of "payment" - chits refundable at the plantation's general store, the lack of schools or medical attention and the supreme indifference of the masters to the workers' ills.


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