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NPR - Illinois Public Media News - November 07, 2013

Despite Barriers, Farm Worker Breaks Silence About Rape Case

This story was produced in collaboration with the Center for Investigative Reporting and UC Berkeley's Investigative Reporting program. This is part two of a two-part report about sexual assault of agricultural workers in the U.S.

By Sasha Khokha

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Guadalupe Chavez moved to a trailer home in Oregon after her sexual assault case went to trial in California.

It started with a missing paycheck.

In 2006, Guadalupe Chavez, a farm worker in California's Central Valley, was supposed to earn $245 for a week of picking pomegranates. It was money the widowed mother of two needed urgently to pay her bills. When she went to track down the check, a supervisor she'd never met before told her someone had it out in the fields. He said to follow him there in her car.










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