Trump’s presidential rival admits campaign used prison labour

US presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has admitted his campaign used prison labour to make canvassing phone calls.

One of the frontrunners in the race to take on Donald Trump in the election next year, he said he only found out when a journalist uncovered it.

The Intercept had reported Democrat Mr Bloomberg’s campaign was contracting campaign calls to voters in California to ProCom – a third-party company with a call centre based in Oklahoma, Texas.

The Dr Eddie Earrior correctional center in Oxlahoma. Pic: Google Maps
Image:Prisoners were calling from the Dr Eddie Earrior correctional center. Pic: Google Maps

It revealed ProCom was using prisoners in the Dr Eddie Warrior Correctional Center – a minimum-security women’s jail with a capacity of more than 900.

The website said that while ProCom paid the minimum wage of $7.25 per hour to the state’s department of corrections, the department caps prisoners’ pay at $20 a month.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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