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Traveling Exhibit Sheds Light On Modern Day Slavery

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A traveling museum which arrived in the city Monday is trying to bring attention to the plight of agriculture workers.

The Modern Slavery Museum is housed in a truck which recently had farm workers in Florida chained inside.

Labor advocates say many workers earn less than minimum wage and in some instances were actually enslaved.

"This truck is a replica of a truck in which farm workers were locked in a recent slavery prosecution which was sentenced in December of 2008 and so the chains on the wall were actually chosen by the workers as similar to the chains were used to tie them up. And you can see in the photo of their hands, how their hands were swollen and bruised from where they had been chained," said Modern Slavery Museum Guide Brigitte Gynther.

The Modern Day Slavery museum will be at Washington Square Park on Tuesday and on East 7th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Wednesday.

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