The FLDS church closed its non-public schools during the pecan harvest. In contrast, the public schools in the area were not closed. Instead of going to school for their education, the children congregated at the schools, loaded into vans, and were sent to the Ranch, in good weather and bad.
The children’s working conditions were often harsh. The children did not have an opportunity to rest if they wanted and often were not given any lunch.The court required the construction company to pay $200,000 into a fund to be used to compensate children who were forced to work on the Ranch at a rate equal to minimum wage plus overtime. The court also appointed a special master to evaluate ongoing compliance with the injunction for 5 years. Salt Lake Tribune and Fox 13 reports on the decision. (See prior related posting.)