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Blog on slave labour in US prisons linked to several co's

Author: Anahi Rubin, Telesur, Published on: 16 August 2015

En este momento hay 100 prisiones privadas distribuidas en todo el territorio americano; las dos Corporaciones que se destacan en este grupo son: Corporations of América (posee 66 cárceles, con 91.000 prisioneros, ganancias anuales 1700millones) y Geo (65 prisiones, 65.700 detenidos y 1600 millones de ganancia). Estos dos grupos aumentaron un 46% sus ganancias, entre los años 2007 y 2014... [E]n realidad los que más se benefician son las grandes empresas que tienen a miles de personas que realizan trabajo esclavo, sin sindicatos, y beneficios de ningún tipo. Antes de 1970, se había prohibido a empresas privadas usar reclusos para trabajar, pero en 1979, el Departamento de Justicia y el Congreso Norteamericano levantaron la restricción. En los últimos 30 años, hay 37 estados que permiten que los prisioneros trabajen a cambio de $0.93 a $4.73 por día... [L]os presos federales reciben un salario un poco mayor, oscilando entre $0.23 a $ 1.23 por hora. Son empleados por Unicor, una corporación del Gobierno, cuyo principal cliente es el Departamento de Defensa... Pero en los últimos años otras grandes corporaciones se han incorporado al mercado penitenciario; como IBM, Motorola, Microsoft, Telecom, Target, Pierre Cardín, Macys. Entre 1980 y 1994 las ganancias de estas empresas se incrementaron de $392 millones a 1310 millones de dólares.

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At this moment there are 100 private prisons distributed throughout the American territory; The two Corporations that stand out in this group are: Corporations of America (it has 66 prisons, with 91,000 prisoners, 1700 million annual earnings) and Geo (65 prisons, 65,700 detainees and 1,600 million of profit). These two groups increased their earnings by 46%, between 2007 and 2014... [I]n reality those who benefit the most are the large companies that have thousands of people who perform slave labor, without unions, and benefits of any kind. Before 1970, private companies had been banned from using inmates to work, but in 1979, the Department of Justice and the US Congress lifted the restriction. In the last 30 years, there are 37 states that allow prisoners to work in exchange for $ 0.93 to $ 4.73 per day... [F]ederal prisoners receive a slightly higher salary, ranging from $ 0.23 to $ 1.23 per hour. They are employed by Unicor, a government corporation whose main client is the Department of Defense... But in recent years other large corporations have joined the penitentiary market; as IBM, Motorola, Microsoft, Telecom, Target, Pierre Cardin, Macys. Between 1980 and 1994 the profits of these companies increased from $ 392 million to $ 1310 million.

*Sourced by RepRisk due diligence on ESG and business conduct risks, www.reprisk.com.

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