News & Features,
May 2, 2013
Some of America's best-known companies and largest temp agencies benefit from—and tacitly collaborate with—an underworld of labor brokers, known as "raiteros," who charge workers fees, pushing their pay below minimum wage.
By Michael Grabell/ProPublica
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