Immigration and exploitation in Portugal | Opinion

On Might 2, 2021, the PUBLIC reported solely that the Portuguese judicial police have been investigating a sequence of instances of human trafficking and labor exploitation within the Odemira area, linked to small legal networks and huge rural estates. Two years earlier, Mayor José Alberto Guerreiro had already denounced the suspicion of those practices, nonetheless, it was not till the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic and the exponential and atypical enhance within the variety of instances within the municipality and its environment that the query has taken form and aroused the best curiosity both of the Judicial Police or of the Foreigners and Borders Service. In keeping with Guerreiro, heard by the Lusa company, at the least half of the 13 thousand native agricultural staff didn’t stay in enough housing.

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