Six years a slave: Indian farm workers exploited in Italy – UCA News

When Balbir Singh refers to his ordeal, he uses the Italian word “macello,” which roughly translates as “mess” — but it is hardly enough to convey what the migrant Indian farm worker has endured. For six years, he lived in what can only be described as slave-like conditions tending cattle in the province of Latina, a rural area south of Rome that is home to tens of thousands of Indian migrant workers like him. “I was working 12-13 hours a day, including Sundays, with no holidays, no rest,” Singh told AFP. Subscribe to your daily free newsletter from UCA News The farm owner paid him 100 to 150 euros ($120 to $175) a month, he said, which amounts to less than 50 cents an hour. The legal minimum for farm workers is around 10 euros an hour. Singh was rescued by a police raid on in March 2017 after appealing for help via Facebook and WhatsApp to local Indian community leaders and an Italian rights activist. Officers found him living in a caravan, with no gas, hot water or electricity, and eating the leftovers that his boss either threw in the bin or gave to chickens and pigs. When I found a lawyer ready to help me, [the owner] told me … ‘I’ll kill you, I’ll dig a hole, throw you in it, and fill it up’ … he had a gun, I saw it

Six years a slave: Indian farm workers exploited in Italy – UCA News

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