A group of 24 business owners, labor contractors and recruiters in south Georgia have been named in a federal indictment alleging that they participated in a years-long human trafficking ring that investigators equated to modern-day slavery.

The defendants are accused of forcing Mexican and Central American migrant workers to dig for crops bare-handed at gunpoint. They allegedly paid the laborers 20 cents per bucket of crops.

Dr. Jason Nichols, senior lecturer of African American studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, joins Charles Blow on “Prime” to discuss.

All this and more on “Prime.”

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