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months and years go by.
Sleeping at night in filthy huts.
work days picking cotton -
- plowing, weeding or
sugar cane under the hot sun.
evening locked back into
the stinking huts for a few hours of sleep
before another day of toil begins.
A welcome diversion from everyday,
is when new girls arrive.
Like in the Mine, no compassion is shown the newbies:
Do you remember me?
It´s me Sara.
We were classmates, when we were at school .
Oh - Your mom and dad got divorced, so now you are here!
Now you are going to wear nice chains like these,
and you will soon smell just like I do !"
diversion from farm life, is
when some of the convicts are put to
work in the town.
Sara was right - Marion who is
walking behind her to town, is now after
a month in chains, just
as fllthy as Sara and all the other convicts.
Many of the farm convicts are local girls sentenced to life
for minor offences, debters, or daughters of divorcees, which have
been send to the mine.
All of them hope, they will not meet any relatives and
friends, who will see them like this.
that one the former
shop assistant from the bakery?"
"Yes she looks like her -
Pooh they stink !
Let us hurry and walk past them.
They should not allow such things to
come into town."
there is a good reason to
bring them into town.
Pneumatic drills cost money, while
girls cost nearly nothing.
ugly slut !
The work must be completed before
the end of the week, or people will complain.
They don´t like to be troubled by looking at
you any longer than necessary. "
For five long days,
work from dawn to dusk, so they
can get finished before the weekend.
On Friday afternoon
they finally reach the end.
Monday skilled workmen will lay the new pipes.
One strong woman from the farm
will stay in town and fill up the trenches, after
the men have finished their work.
"You are the
one, who is staying to
fill up the trenches next week?"
"Your name, age and offence?"
"Frida Bergstrom - I´am 28, mistress.
I´am a divorcee, and so lucky I´am allowed to
work off my former husband´s debts
as a lifer, mistress."
"Good - Follow me.
I will lock you up in the basement
under the courthouse until we need you!"
The rest of the
convicts try to
get a little rest, before the long walk
back to the farm.
For a brief moment
Reneé dreams of
the life in freedom she will never know again.
For her there will never be any expensive dresses,
and fancy shoes - Only prison rags and chains.
We must get you filthy whores out of town
before decent people starts complaining, why
you still are here."
Back at the
It´s only surrounded by a normal fence,
but the farm slaves know too well, it
is a bullet or a rope around the neck,
if anyone dare pass it without permisson.
First it is time
for punishments -
Then the dead
tired women and girls
are finally allowed to go into
their huts to sleep.
But not for long -
Very early the next morning a new day
of hard labour begins with a hard kick
and a blow of the whip.