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Labor Pains

A native of Mexico, Rufina can't read or speak English. To support her four children, she faces a life of hard labor, picking fruit and vegetables in farm fields in Ventura County, California - the only job she is qualified for.

She says she has been sprayed by pesticides many times while working.

"Each time, it made me sick with headaches and nausea. I believe most of the people I work with have been exposed to pesticides. If they aren't spraying the field where we are working, the chemicals drift from one field to the next."

Advocacy groups have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to require immediate emergency medical assistance to workers that become ill or injured.

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A native of Mexico, Rufina can't read or speak English. To support her four children, she faces a life of hard labor, picking fruit and vegetables in farm fields in Ventura County, California - the only job she is qualified for. <br />
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She says she has been sprayed by pesticides many times while working. <br />
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"Each time, it made me sick with headaches and nausea. I believe most of the people I work with have been exposed to pesticides. If they aren't spraying the field where we are working, the chemicals drift from one field to the next." <br />
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Advocacy groups have asked the Environmental Protection Agency to require immediate emergency medical assistance to workers that become ill or injured.