Bulgarians, Mongols, Romanians, Slovaks, Ukrainians and Vietnamese were and are exploited by a state forestry company in the Czech Republic. According to a Czech publication, workers working under contracts that did not know you provide are not providing food, medical care and are guarded by armed guards.
One of the largest cases of human trafficking in Czech history, in which Romanian citizens were involved and operated in conditions of slavery by state-owned forestry companies Czech, was reported in German and Romanian police are investigating the information, Pravo writes, quote CTK Thursday.
According Agerpres, Czech police launched criminal proceedings no. “We gather information, evaluate and analyze these new facts, but I have not yet launched criminal proceedings,” said the spokesman Pravo police team responsible for discovery of organized crime in the Czech Republic, Petr Hantak. He added that for this reason can not provide any information about the case.
Terrible abuse of foreign workers began in Sapa Vietnamese market in Prague in 2009, when labor mediators gave men and women in Vietnam to be prepared to work for the company Ceske Republiky Lesya State Forest (CSF).
‘It seemed credible, but the contracts they signed were Czech, and performers have not been shown. In addition, it was training contracts, under which workers would be paid 500 crowns for planting trees, “said lawyer Stepanka Mikov, describing the first action recruitment.
She along with other lawyers representing more than 100 people complained, which is only a tenth of the 1500-2000 foreigners who worked under slavery in the Czech Republic under the Czech Ministry of Labor. The 100 applicants money promised heaven and punish those who mistreated for over a year and expects others to join the action.
Recruitment continued, so that Bulgarians, Mongols, Romanian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Vietnamese worked in the forests of the Czech Republic, reports the newspaper quoted. They worked in separate places and not to share their experience, but testified that they lived in appalling conditions.
“We know from their testimony that they were hungry. Sometimes we get rice and some basic foods. Many gathered what were in the woods. Some have even argued that ate the leaves of wormwood, “he said Mikov.
‘Some were threatened with physical violence and disposal. Now I found that those who watched him were armed at all times. When one of the workers injured by a saw mill, he was not treated, “the lawyer added.
Those who could not work due to injuries, were simply taken to the border and left without any help, add Pravo.
However, accept responsibility for foreign CSF. “We realize that the situation is serious and must be addressed for the future, even if workers have no contractual relationship with Lesya CR,” said company spokesman Zbynek Boublik, in March, according to Pravo. The newspaper notes that more than three months after this statement is the same situation.
Recruiting people who work for LCR is mediated by Less & Forrest, whose subcontractors are smaller agencies and companies, some of which were deprived of license meanwhile, explains Pravo.
‘Organizations and bodies have extensive powers in the discovery, verification and recovery penalty situation, “said Josef Svoboda, the CSF, Pravo quoted.
According to the Czech newspaper, recruited Romanians probably continue to do slave labor in the Sumava Mountains. But Svoboda argues that society has no information about any person working in the Sumava Romania at this time.