90-95% of workers in the Dominican Republic’s booming banana export business are illegal Haitian workers, underpaid and forced to live in slums.

Although 1/4 of The Dominican Republic’s banana production is Fairtrade certified, 90-95% of workers are illegal migrant workers from Haiti, existing on poverty wages and living in slums with no way to pay for legal work permits. Why isn’t the premium price consumers pay for Fairtrade produce like Dominican bananas translating to helping workers receive fair pay and work permits? Guardian

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