They are known as the invisible children of the Dominican Republic-the young sons and daughters of Haitians lured to the sugar cane fields by the false promise of decent pay. This documentary reveals what actually awaits such children. Despite being born in the D.R., they are denied citizenship, birth certificates, and education. They have little choice but to embrace the same fate as their parents-which amounts to slavery, as John Miller of the U.S. State Department's Office of Human Trafficking unequivocally puts it. Other experts who appear on camera to explore this loathsome arrangement include two Catholic missionary priests, Haitian and Dominican attorneys and activists, and U.S.-based observers, all of whom have spent years fighting child labor and human trafficking. Interviews with sugar industry leaders and Dominican security personnel shed light on the racist mentality that drives the exploitation of desperate Haitians.
Credits: The Sugar Babies: Growing Up in the Cane Fields (2:07) -- Hidden in Paradise (10:16) -- Sugar, Sugar (16:11) -- Invisible Children in the Dominican Republic (22:46) -- Once Were Sugar Babies (14:07) -- Houses of Gold (21:23) -- The Sugar Babies? (4:54) -- Credits: The Sugar Babies: Growing Up in the Cane Fields (6:27)
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