Monday, March 03, 2014

Slaves of Berkeley by Tim Huddleston

Slaves of Berkeley, Tim Huddleston. Portland ORE: Absolute Crime, 2013. e-book, 40 pps.

Slaves of Berkeley recounts the story of the death of an illegal immigrant from India and the crimes of a millionaire in Berkeley. Lakireddy Bali Reddy "helped" many impoverished people from India to migrate to the United States. He set them up in apartments that he owned and gave them jobs in his restaurant-- Pasand Madras Indian Cuisine restaurant-- in Berkeley. But all was not what it seemed on the surface.

The restaurant workers were indentured servants who owed the owner for his "help." 

sapphoq reviews says: A remarkable e-book, especially for the part that high school student Megan Greenwell had in breaking the story as well as for the bravery that Marcia Poole displayed. The narrative illustrates what can happen when one citizen decides to get involved and when a student begins to ask the right questions. Highly recommended. 

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