The working-class history
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Police rescue Indian workers exploited near U.S. Mexican border
EFE, Sunday 14 November 1999. Baja California police rescued 60 indigenous Mixtec workers, among them 15 minors and two pregnant women, who were forced to work in a Mexican company located in the north of Mexico, near the U.S. border. The Indians were led from Oaxaca, in southern Mexico, to Tijuana under false pretenses and, once there were forced to work at a shop that made clothes for golfers.
The new Indian face of insurgent politics in Baja California
By David Bacon, 5 July 2000. Nhe new face of indigenous politics in Baja California. Both Mixtecs, and their neighboring Zapotecs, preserved their native pre-Columbian languages and many of their customs, setting them apart from the Mexican mainstream. The great exodus of Mixtecs and Zapotecs from their ancestral villages, forced by poverty to seek jobs as migrant farm laborers in northern Mexico. Trying to organize an independent union.