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Slavery, Wage Theft, and LA’s Global Labor Problem

20 years after the notorious El Monte sweatshop raid, these activists are still fighting for change.

Thai workers sit and wait outside after state and federal agents performed a raid on the El Monte sweatshop where they worked.

El Monte

“I was a little excited,” says Chamnian Thomas, standing in the 100-degree, late-July heat of El Monte, California, a 23-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty visible in the distance behind her. “I had never seen a prison in America before.”

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