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Consuelo, Dominican Republic- A Haitian sugarcane worker carries a bucket of water to her small home in the batty village near Consuelo. Many of the cane workers earn less than what the law allows according to a U.S. Department of Labor report issued 27 Sept 13. Dominican law sets the minimum wage for field workers in the sugar sector at 129 pesos ($3.08) per eight-hour workday, yet many workers claim they earn an average of $2.00 per 12-hour workday. Life in the worker's communities, known as bateyes is difficult, exacerbated by the lack of clean drinking water. These villages also often lack adequate housing, medical services, and other basic sanitary services. (Photo by Robert Falcetti)
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- Batey, the not so sweet existence in the heart of cane.