Rigged. Forced into Debt. Worked past exhaustion. Left with nothing.
Publisher: USA Today
Date Written: 16/06/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21106
Port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt, which is then used as leverage to extract forced labor and trap drivers in jobs that leave them destitute.
Excerpt: If drivers missed payments, or if they got sick or became too exhausted to go on, their companies fired them and kept everything. Then they turned around and leased the trucks to someone else.
Drivers who manage to hang on to their jobs sometimes end up owing money to their employers essentially working for free. Reporters identified seven different companies that have told their employees they owe money at week's end.