Every night, as most of us head home, janitors across America, many of them immigrant women, begin their night shift.
As they work, they are often alone or isolated in empty buildings, vulnerable to sexual violence. Among those who have faced assault, many are afraid to come forward out of fear that they’ll be fired or deported.
This hidden reality was revealed in "Rape on the Night Shift," a 2015 investigation from Frontline, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, Univision, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED in which female janitors spoke out about abuse by their supervisors and co-workers — despite the risks, and years before the burgeoning #MeToo movement.
Tonight on PBS, an updated version of "Rape on the Night Shift" continues their story — exploring how the government, businesses and law enforcement are responding to the problem, and how the women themselves are fighting back.