The Spanish National Police have arrested a 53-year-old agricultural entrepreneur in Murcia, who has been brought to justice as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against workers' rights, favoring of irregular immigration and illegal labor trafficking.
The entrepreneur allegedly employed foreign workers for a meager salary that amounted to just 300 Euro per month "if they met the objectives." They worked twelve-hour shifts in the field growing onions, broccoli and pumpkins, as reported by the Police.
The agents found the laborers living and working in semi-slavery conditions. Monitored all day, they had to ask permission even to go to the toilet; a toilet in deplorable conditions that violated all sanitary regulations.
The victims have stated that the employer forced them to work even if they were not fit. Injuries and cuts with knives during work were, apparently, common. Depending on the severity of the injury, they were either bandaged and forced to continue their activity or asked to stay home and receive no payment.
The employer was also in charge of transferring the workers from one location to another, in a van for the transport of goods without back seats or seat belts, crowded despite the pandemic.
The individual was caught red-handed when he was carrying 7 of the workers, but investigators know that he transported up to 13 people under the conditions described.
The Police investigation also led the judicial authority to order the precautionary closure of the company's two industrial buildings and the blocking of the account of the person arrested.