Immigrant Exploitation Case

The sad fact of the matter is that illegal immigrants are exploited on both sides of the Med; in Africa by traffickers and here by unscrupulous greenhouse owners.

ECO Guardia Civil inspect GreenhouseTake the case of one illegal immigrant who was employed for 17 years, earning between 200 and 300 euros for six hour shifts, but not every month, but rather every other month and even sometimes, once a quarter.

It goes without saying that the ‘boss’ didn’t cover his Seguridad Social and you can bet that if there were a work accident, he would have been dumped in front of an A&E and as the Spanish say, “Si te he visto, no me acuerdo.” (If I’ve ever met you, I don’t remember).

Not all greenhouse owners are like that and some help them get their papers and pay them fairly, providing accommodation.

Well, in the case of this illegal immigrant, who is no spring chick, the situation reached the law courts. We mention age because one of the reasons that he put up with it was that he was worried that he would find no other employment given his age.

The Public Prosecutor has recommended 3-years’ imprisonment, which is not a suspended one, meaning that it would mean jail time. The farmer would also be fined if found guilty. Furthermore, the P.P. recommends that he be barred from farming activity for three years following being released.

But that’s not all because he will also have to pay 20,000 euros in compensation because that is the total amount that the worker should have received during those 17 years.

The farmer was rumbled in 2022 after receiving a visit from Work Inspectors. Most of the workers were Moroccans without residency and work permits.

Editorial comment: off with his pods!

(News/Noticias: Albuñol, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

  2 comments for “Immigrant Exploitation Case

  1. Malcolm Franke
    January 30, 2024 at 9:17 pm

    It’s always gone on. The poor and vulnerable always get the worst jobs. Immigrants do the work we don’t want to do but we complain about immigration. There should be strict inspections of workplaces with no fear of deportation for the workers.

  2. Patrick Barry Storey
    January 28, 2024 at 11:42 am

    It’s always gone on! Even with Spanish nationals; poorest of the poor and even before the Civil War. Landowners, The Church, Those in any power have always abused those unable to defend themselves; hence in factories and farming.

    In Europe and the UK, its cheapest labour crap housing and Long hours.

    Forget this crap about we cannot get labour in our fields etc! Who wants to work crap shifts on crap pay, while the middlemen; supermarkets etc., cream it in.

    Tied farms or housing still exist. Royal Family in UK, go hang your heads; i.e., certain Duchies. Trade Unions used to be the answer. Now, as in Animal Farm, you cannot see who is who!

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