Netherlands - Agency guilty of human smuggling and fraud - February 28, 2017

In a decision that marked victory for Filipino seafarers who worked for inland shipping, a Rotterdam court ruled that officers of the employment agency Gyron Crew are guilty of human smuggling and fraud. A fine of €65.000 was imposed against the agency while 2 officers were meted with penalties of imprisonment of 5-15 months and 2 years’ probation. The public prosecution service filed an appeal of the decision, asking that the additional charge of human trafficking be reconsidered by the court. While the court dismissed the charges for human trafficking for lack of sufficient evidence, it made a pronouncement that Gyron has taken advantage of the vulnerable positions of the seamen and the accused officers contributed to the unsuitable working conditions of the seafarers. Gyron Crew recruited seafarers from the Philippines using two different employment contracts: one with a high salary in euro and another with a much lower salary in US dollars.

English: http://interaksyon.com/article/137211/dutch-employment-agency-illegally-recruited ...   

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