It's always the people at the end of the chain who get jerked around. Immigrants, for example are wowed by ads placed on the Mexican side (by US agribusiness etc), encouraging migration (both legal and illegal). The employers are seldom prosecuted. Same with the 'war on drugs'... where the established dealers and distributors often have cozy relations with law enforcement, while the end users are the ones who get the shaft. Same in the military.. in the recent spates of torture and abuse in Iraq etc., its the grunts who get court martialed for carrying out orders, and the brass get away with it. Its a similar picture in whatever area of human activity you care to name.
Not a lot anyone can do about it.. its a product of human nature.
Reality is whatever you can get away with.