Romanians exploited by a trafficking network in Portugal

Thirty-five people were arrested in the Alentejo region, in southern Portugal, for human trafficking, including from Romania and the Republic of Moldova, money laundering and document forgery, the judicial police announced on Wednesday, according to AFP.

“The suspects are part of a criminal structure that deals with the exploitation of migrant workers, most of whom were lured from their countries of origin to come and work on farms in the region,” the authorities said in a statement.

The suspects, women and men between the ages of 22 and 58, are from Portugal and other European countries, the police added, without specifying who they are.

Dozens of victims of this human trafficking who could be identified come from Romania, the Republic of Moldova, India, Pakistan, Senegal, Morocco or Algeria, the police said.

“The migrants worked in inhumane conditions, with an extremely low salary and lived crowded in old houses,” a police source told AFP.

“Also, their freedom of movement was limited because their identity documents were confiscated,” added the source, according to whom it was a “rare” large-scale operation in a region where many migrants work in the sector agricultural.

The operation, prepared since January 2022, mobilized around 400 judicial police inspectors, who carried out 65 searches in the localities of Beja, Serpa, Cuba and Ferreira do Alentejo.
According to a report by a group of experts of the Council of Europe on human trafficking, the Portuguese authorities reported 1,152 victims of this type of networks between 2016 and 2020.

The article is in Romanian

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