For Mexican farmworkers, seasonal employment in the US is an opportunity to earn more – but those who make the journey can be easily exploited by recruiters

The sun is rising and a line of workers dressed in jeans and hoodies is already snaking its way around the block. A few of them started gathering outside the US consulate building as early as 4am.

Monterrey, the third largest city in Mexico, is a little over 100 miles from the US border, and a hub for farmworkers applying for temporary work visas.

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If they are $1,000 in debt and being forced to work in abusive conditions, they still have to pay off their loan.

There can be as many as 10 middlemen between the worker in his community in Mexico and the employer in the US.

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