The great escape : a true story of forced labor and immigrant dreams in America

Title The great escape : a true story of forced labor and immigrant dreams in America
Names Soni, Saket.
Book Number DB113925
Title Status Active
Medium Digital Books
Annotation "In late 2006, Saket Soni, a 28-year-old, Indian-born community organizer received an anonymous phone call from an Indian migrant worker inside a Mississippi labor camp. He and 500 other men were living in squalor in Gulf Coast "man camps," surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, crammed into cold trailers with putrid portable toilets, forced to eat moldy bread and frozen rice. Worse, lured by the promise of good work and green cards, the men had desperately scraped together up to $20,000 each to apply for this "opportunity" to rebuild oil rigs after Hurricane Katrina, putting their families into impossible debt. During a series of clandestine meetings, Soni and the workers devise a bold plan. In The Great Escape, Soni traces the workers' extraordinary escape, their march on foot to Washington DC, and their 23-day-hunger strike to bring attention to their cause. Along the way, ICE agents try to deport the men, company officials work to discredit them, and politicians avert their eyes. But none of this shakes the workers' determination to win their dignity and keep their promises to their families. Weaving a deeply personal journey with a riveting tale of 21st-century forced labor, Soni takes us into the hidden lives of the foreign workers the US increasingly relies on for cheap skilled labor to rebuild after climate disasters. The Great Escape is the astonishing story of one of the largest human trafficking cases in modern American history-and the workers' heroic journey for justice." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.
Narrator Soni, Saket.
Local Subject Labor economics - 331
History - United States - HUS
History, U.S.- 21st Century - HUF
Business - BUS
Asian American and Pacific Islander Interest - AAP
Southern Interest - SOU
Southern Non-Fiction - SNF
Female Narrator - FN
LC Subject Escapes - Mississippi - History - 21st century
Forced labor - Mississippi - History - 21st century
Foreign workers - Mississippi - History - 21st century
Immigrants - United States - Social conditions - 21st century
Labor camps - Mississippi - History - 21st century
Call Number 331.117309762 ANF
Language English
Original Publication Reissue of: 2023 9781649041234 2023
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