Fundamental Rights Agency’s research published on 25 June underlines the urgent need for European governments to tackle severe labour exploitation. The interviews with hundreds of exploited workers reveal the illegal practices in sectors including agriculture, construction, domestic work, hospitality, manufacturing and transport.
Researchers found that some of the exploited migrant workers are paid as little as €5 a day, are forced to pay debts to traffickers before earning a cent, work with no time off, sleep in shipping containers with no water or electricity, are subjected to verbal and physical abuse and face sexual and gender-based violence.