Squalid Living Conditions

Guest workers are frequently required to live in squalor. Many find themselves held virtually captive by employers or labor brokers who seize their documents, restrict their movements, extort payments from them and threaten them with arrest and deportation if they attempt to escape.

There are currently no federal regulations governing the conditions of labor camps or housing for non-agricultural H-2 guest workers, and housing often lacks even basic necessities, such as beds, adequate toilets and cooking facilities.