Rocío Rosales, an assistant professor of sociology at UC Irvine and the author of a book about fruit vendors in Southern California, said the pandemic has made vendors even more vulnerable. … While some vendors feel comfortable reporting incidents to law enforcement, she said, others are unlikely to do so, either because they lack the necessary documentation for their cart or because they themselves are undocumented. “There’s a general sentiment that usually nothing comes from it — it’s not like the money is ever recovered,” she added.

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