How they did it: Reuters reporters expose child labor abuses in the U.S. South


In February 2022, Reuters published the first story in what would become a three-part series exposing the use of migrant child labor in Alabama chicken and auto plants.

The children, some as young as 12, were often working with dangerous machinery that put their lives at risk, found reporters Joshua Schneyer, Mica Rosenberg and Kristina Cooke. Part one, which came about with a tip from a longtime source of Cooke’s, tells the story of child labor in one U.S. town by focusing on a 16-year-old migrant from Guatemala working in a chicken plant in Enterprise, Alabama.

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