At farms all over Australia, desperate young backpackers are being exploited, underpaid and sexually harassed. They work long hours for little or less pay while living in horrible conditions. They must do this in order to obtain their 88-day requirement for farm work which will enable them to get their second-year visa.
Some of the young travellers are so desperate to stay in the country that they are willing to do literally anything to write off their farm work. Many wait around for weeks, even months, all while paying accommodation upfront for promised work. All this only to log a few days after months at farms, losing both time and money. Others give up and go home defeated, knowing that they’ve wasted much of their time for nothing.
88 Days a Slave looks deeper into these issues through the eyes of young backpackers.