Frontline: Rape In The Fields

For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job.

For the women who pick and handle the food we eat every day, sexual assault often comes with the job.

It’s a story that has rarely been reported — largely because many female farmworkers who are undocumented are afraid to speak out for fear of losing their jobs or being deported.

In Rape in the Fields many of these women risk everything to speak out for the first time.

“These women live in fear, but they were willing to go on camera to tell their stories at great personal risk,” says correspondent Lowell Bergman. “They didn’t want to see it happening to other women.”

Can the rape in the fields be stopped? Are the perpetrators — and their employers — being held accountable? Is any progress being made? Why does this problem get such little media coverage? And what’s the latest on the women in the film?

Frontline will feature a "Rape in the Fields" live chat and will begin at 2pm ET on Wednesday, June 26th. Members of the reporting team behind the investigation will join in to answer those questions — and take yours. They’ll be joined by guest questioner Pamela Silva, Univision correspondent and host of Primer Impacto.

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Senior Editor, Lives in a gerrymandered district in Michigan.

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