The Jungle

What is the purpose of the following rhetorical questions: Would the family know that he was in jail, would they be able to find out anything about him? Would the family be allowed to see him or would they be kept ignorant of his whereabouts? Would they [

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The answer is already implicit in their question. Poor families have no rights and would be privy to little information or contact with their loved ones. You can feel the desperation in the questions.