Friday, September 15, 2023

Italian mafia makes millions from tomatoes - slave labour

In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural labourers are so cheap that many have described their conditions as a modern form of slavery. The produce they pick ends up on the shelves supermarkets. Its said 3 things permit modern slavery; vulnerability, discrimination and a lack of the rule of law. All are present in Italy.
Italy’s agricultural sector is booming, with food products making up 8.7% of GDP. Exploitation of immigrant workers is hugely profitable. In Italy, the slum of the San Ferdinando camp and others have sprung up near the tomato fields in the southern region of Puglia. They are lawless, grim wastelands where many migrants wind up.