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People trafficking on increase in Portugal’s agriculture

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Pedro Pimenta Braz, director-general of work of Portugal, told TSF that tens of workers” are brought into the country to work in areas like the Alentejo, Ribatejo and North.

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Conditions “offend human dignity” and have no place in the 21st century.

The situation “is far from being controlled”, Braz told the station, and it is not easy to detect as workers are often kept in isolated places by employers who do not declare their activity.

Braz’s authority ACT collaborates with border control agency SEF and the GNR to try and bring people traffickers to task, but he explained they are controlled by criminal networks in other countries.

The majority of people brought into Portugal by these networks are of Asian origin, Braz added, and many actually pay to come to Portugal, and then work in “degrading conditions”, often having to share living quarters with as many as 10 people to one small room.


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