Italy - Modern slavery in agriculture - May 31, 2017

According to the trade union FLAI-CGIL around 420,000 workers are illegally employed and exploited in intensive farming across the country. Workers are by employed by gangs on a seasonal basis: summer means being in Puglia, where plants are heavy with plump, red tomatoes; during the winter, they move to Calabria to harvest oranges; and in the spring, workers move to Pachino, Sicily, to pick cherry tomatoes. Mbaye Ndiaye, a Senegalese founder of Ghetto Out/Casa Sankara, is fighting forced labour through a local organisation in Apulia committed to moving workers out of the ghettoes and into its farmhouse. The organisation helps migrants find decent work with local farmers who are willing to pay fair wages.

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