Thursday, February 27, 2014

Female Day Laborers In New York Face Sexual Harassment 

Every morning, scores of women crowd the corner of Division Avenue and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in hopes they'll get hired to clean the homes of the area's Hasidic Jewish families. Work is sometimes scarce and the pay small, but for many of the women, who hail from all over Latin America, there are few other options.

"Without papers, without rights, without language, you're exposed to any kind of abuse" Javier Bosque, director of the South Side Community Mission, tells Vocativ in this short documentary. "And that's what happens with these women."

The abuse includes sexual harassment. One female worker recalls being asked to give a male client a massage. Another says a client filmed her while she cleaned, ordering her to "bend over."

With no legal status, and a only a tiny grasp of English, many of the workers never report the harassment.

For more, watch the video above, or check out this feature in The Nation from last year.


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