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Moroccan NGO demands investigation into alleged abuse of female seasonal workers

The Moroccan Human Rights Organization (OMDH) has asked the Moroccan authorities to set up a commission to investigate the alleged cases of sexual abuse and harassment suffered by Moroccan seasonal workers in strawberry fields in southern Spain.

In a statement, the OMDH asked the authorities to determine the nature of the actions of all those involved and "impose the necessary sanctions."

At the same time, the NGO demanded a revision of the contracting conditions of the 15,000 Moroccan migrants who had been displaced to work temporarily in the fields of Huelva.

In the same vein, the Moroccan Minister of Employment, Mohamed Yatim, once again urged Moroccan female workers not to stay silent regarding the abuses they may suffer, and warned against the stigmatization of these immigrants.

So far, the Spanish Guardia Civil has been investigating two people for alleged sexual abuse on Moroccan seasonal workers working in strawberry farms, following a dozen complaints (of abuse or harassment) filed by Moroccan labourers.

Also, a group of 131 workers of Moroccan origin filed another complaint last Friday in which they claim that the reports made by their compatriots for alleged sexual and labour abuse on a farm in Almonte (in the Spanish province of Huelva) are "fake" and that "they have been forced to do so in exchange for papers to stay legally in the country."

The strawberry season in the province of Huelva has attracted 15,000 Moroccan seasonal workers this year, who have been recruited at source through a bilateral collaboration between the governments of Morocco and Spain.


Source: EFE

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