Report: Local Crab Picking Houses Relying More On Immigrant Women | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Report: Local Crab Picking Houses Relying More On Immigrant Women

Play associated audio

By Kavitha Cardoza

Eastern Shore crab picking houses are increasingly relying on immigrant women who are often forced to pay foreign recruiters for low-paying jobs in isolated rural areas, that's according to a report by American University and an immigrant rights group.

Jayesh Rathod, who co authored the report, says there needs to be changes to the visa program used by the workers. He says the visa program currently ties the women to the job for which they were recruited and does not allow them to work elsewhere. He says that arrangement makes them reluctant to speak out against poor working conditions.

"There was no formal training on how to do their job safely and effectively," he says. "The women are working, breaking open crabs, they are using sharp knives. So some receive cuts, others receive bad allergic reactions..even receive infection from some of the sea water that they come in contact with."

But federal immigration officials are defending the program, saying it's run professionally and fairly, and contains protections for workers.

American University holds the license for WAMU 88.5 FM.

NPR

Diversity Sells — But Hollywood Remains Overwhelmingly White, Male

Women and minorities continue to be under-represented on TV and in film, both behind and in front of the camera, according to a new study — even though diverse films and shows make more money.
NPR

Silly, Saucy, Scary: Photos Show The Many Faces Of Ugly Fruit

Wonky produce can take on absurdly entertaining shapes. But one food activist says learning to love these crazy contours is key to stopping mounds of food waste.
NPR

Is The Battle Won And Done For Those Who Fought For Net Neutrality?

In a 3-2 vote on Feb. 26, the FCC approved new rules, regulating broadband internet as a public utility. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mat Honan, San Francisco bureau chief for BuzzFeed News, about the political implications of the vote.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.