Agriculture Spokesman Thinks a Little Bit of Slavery Isn't a Big Deal
Today two members of the Navarrete family in that town were sentenced for slavery, the seventh case in Florida in the past 11 years. In all of those cases over 1,000 victims were involved.
Florida Department of Agriculture Spokesman Terence McElroy seems to think it's really not that big of a deal, telling The News-Press, "Of course, I say any instance is too many, and any legitimate grower certainly does not engage in that activity, but you're talking about maybe a case a year."
Eh, yeah. Just one little case a year. No big whoop. Whatevz.
Now activists of all stripes are up in arms (including Amnesty International, The Presbyterian Church, and the Coalition of Immokalee workers) and sent a letter to Charlie Crist.
"Tolerating a little modern-day slavery is like tolerating a little murder or accepting a little child abuse. ... Mr. McElroy is quick to defend Florida growers who have, for too long, prospered through willful ignorance of conditions in their own fields."
McElroy says he was misrepresented, but the guy is a professional spokesman. You should know the power of your words, it's what you get paid for.
By the way, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart represents this area in Congress. We wonder what he has to say.