The Southern Poverty Law Center completed a study in November 2010 that surfaced a lost voice-the voice of illegal immigrant women working in the United States.
It is estimated that there are 4.1 million undocumented women in the U.S. who are earning minimum or less than minimum wage, living without health insurance and often are being subjected to sexual harassment and violence in the workplace.
The study of 150 Mexican illegal immigrant women found that 80% of women had been sexually harassed in the workplace.
This isn’t the first time that there has been publicity about sexual harassment and immigrant women. In 1989, there was an article released in Florida where undocumented women referred to the fields as ‘green motels’. In California, there was publicity around the term ‘field of panties’ due to the fact that sexual violence was so pertinent.
Illegal Immigration has always been a hot topic-but something that often isn’t discussed is the violence against women in this situation. They are often desperate to leave their country and do whatever they can to provide a better life for their family, and then, they get stuck in a bad situation they can’t get out of easily.
So, what’s the answer? What should be done to help these undocumented women?