Filiberto Nolasco Gomez is a former union organizer and is now the editor of Minneapolis based Workday Minnesota, the first online labor news publication in the state. Filiberto focuses on longform and investigative journalism. He has covered topics including prison labor, labor trafficking, and union fights in the Twin Cities.
“When erotic dance is treated as a public embarrassment, workers find very little help in their struggles with an exploitative pay structure, racist management or harassment” Swift said. “Standing with erotic dancers is a matter of gender, racial, and economic justice.”
How low wages, brutal working conditions, and laws hostile to organizing, make Atlanta and surrounding areas ripe for labor trafficking. Relative to Minneapolis, working conditions in Atlanta appear generally worse. Minnesota at least has state departments mandated with enforcing wage and workplace safety laws; Georgia does not.