Usually when people speak of day laborers, the image is typically of men. But every morning on the corner of Division Avenue and Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, women crowd the street looking for work in the homes of Hasidic Jewish families. The pay for the work the women do is sometimes below minimum wage, but without the proper papers to secure legal employment, the options for these women from various Latin America countries are
“Without papers, without rights, without language, you’re exposed to any kind of abuse” Javier Bosque, director of the South Side Community Mission, tells Vocativ in this short documentary. “And that’s what happens with these women.”
Sexual harassment is a common issue among the women. In the documentary one woman tells the story of a male client asking for a massage, and another one recounts the time a man filmed her and asked her to bend over.
But when you’re illegally working, most are afraid to report the perpetrators. For more, watch the video above, or check out this feature in The Nation from last year.