Canadian visitor shocked by way workers travel

Canadian visitor shocked
by way workers travel

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have recently returned with my husband and some friends from a wonderful holiday in Costa Rica near Potrero in the northwest area. We were visiting for the first time from Canada. We loved your country, the people were friendly and the wildlife so abundant!! Such wonders from jungles to the beaches and the varied landscapes in between. We had a fantastic vacation and hope to return.

However, the day we were leaving for the airport in the wee hours of the morning, we passed a stock truck that was hauling . . . men. They were all cramped in the back of the truck with no back door on it, so we were able to see in. They were standing holding onto the roof ropes or something. (A couple of days earlier one couple leaving for the airport saw the same thing, but the men were also overflowing and standing on the bumper hanging on for dear life!)

We were all shocked and deeply saddened by this sight!!!! They may have been sugar cane field workers, and they were dark skinned so maybe foreign workers? Anyways, whoever they were, they are human beings and need to be treated as such. They need your help and protection. Should they not be afforded a bus ride with seats at least, after the hard physical labor that they do in your fields all day in such heat?

I am not sure of your laws, as to treatment and protection of field/foreign workers, but this needs to be investigated. If they haul them to work in such a manner, how are they housing them, in what conditions are they living and how are they being compensated for the labor?

Please let me know that you received this and what you can do to help, and if you can pass this on to someone else in government who would look into this and do something for these men.

I will be contacting the Human Rights commission as well.

Gwen Day
Alberta, Canada

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