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Two charged in Bulgarian berry picking scam

TT/Rebecca Martin · 23 Sep 2011, 08:11

Published: 23 Sep 2011 08:11 GMT+02:00

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Back in Bulgaria three men had been promised well paid employment as berry pickers in Sweden by the two organisers.

According to Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), they were told they would make €5 per completed box of berries. But once they arrived in Sweden they realised that they had been conned.

The three berry pickers were forced to camp out in tents in the woods and did not receive any payment for the work they did. Their documents were taken from them so that they would not try to go back to Bulgaria.

After having had enough of both poor living and poor working conditions as well as the bad treatment suffered from the two organisers, one man decided to attempt an escape.

He didn't succeed however, and as he was brought back, the two men put a noose over his head and forced him to run behind a moving car to avoid being dragged along.

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”He ran away. When he returned he was put through that as punishment for trying to escape, ” prosecutor Christina Voigt at the International Prosecution Chamber (Internationella åklagarkammaren) in Stockholm told SvD.

According to Voigt this is a clear case of trafficking with foreign labour and she therefore filed charges against the pair in Hudiksvall district court on Thursday.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:56 September 23, 2011 by Boar
I think the organizers (If they acquired Swedish Passports) should be prisoned and later be deported back to Bulgaria. They are not allowed to stay here in Sweden. Such people are harmful for society.
09:40 September 23, 2011 by sjuttiosjusköterskorpåsjukhuset
Many Swedish politicians are also "harmful for society." Let's "deport" them to Bulgaria too.
14:11 September 23, 2011 by bells on the knight
77 spot on. or even better to afghanistan where there is a great chance of justice being done hehe.
16:38 September 23, 2011 by Svensksmith
Sounds like a bunch of Vulgarians.
16:39 September 23, 2011 by graceolsson
They can´t live in Sweden if they´re Bulgarian after that bad behavious but before the deportation they MUST be in jail for a good punishment.But is prison a good punishment in Sweden? tha´t the question...
18:19 September 23, 2011 by Boar
Just sack the Organizers Swedish Citizenship and never let them run bogus companies here. That's it. Also should be noosed in Bulgaria. It's better to kick them out from Sweden as fast as possible. Otherwise it's a waste of tax payers money for medical facilities or free Education. Bulgarian government will take bribe and then release them. Or they will be served in Bulgaria as per their rules if they do not give bribe to the officials.
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