Ghosts

Nick Broomfield, 2006

ghosts_1A young woman, Ai Qin, pays $25,000 to be smuggled into the UK in order to support her family back in China, where there is no work except badly paid agricultural labour, and even this is in short supply. She is forced to live with eleven other Chinese in a small house in Norfolk, working in factories and fields preparing food. She finds herself dependent on a ‘gangmaster’, but his position and that of the group is deteriorating, and it is in some desperation that they turn to cockle-picking at Morecambe Bay, leading to the tragedy of Feb 5th 2004.

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