Victor issixteen years old and worked out in the field with his family, on a slow day hewould carry 1,500 pounds of tomatoes and for each twenty five pound bucket heharvests he gets one dollar.
His inspiration to work in these hazardousconditions is his family, because he doesn’t want to see them suffer. He’s beenworking in the fields since he was eight years old picking vegetables like cornand lettuce. He helps take care of his two younger sisters that go to schooland has not yet started to harvest with the family. He does not go to schoolbut talks highly of it, saying that “you get fed, there’s air conditioning andeverything”. Every year victor and his family go to Florida to harvest and onsome days it’s one hundred and seven degrees by 11:30AM. He considers himself”not grown” in the documentary and goes on to talk about how hard it is to keepup with the workers who are strong adult men.
He has to clean himself of thetomato muck with bleach because “soap doesn’t work” which is just an additionalhazard to the heat conditions he faces. He soon shares his hard work with histwo sisters who recently migrated from Mexico to work with the family in thefields. Victor’s life is much different than mine in that I have never evenbeen exposed to hard work such as that my whole life.
Its mind boggling that aboy so young could be put through such strenuous work while the heaviest thingI carry is my backpack. In my childhood I can say that I mostly played outsideand had toys, much more carefree and I definitely didn’t have a responsibilitylike a job at the age of eight.