An Italian police vehicle | Photo: PRESS OFFICE
An Italian police vehicle | Photo: PRESS OFFICE

An Italian farmer has been reported to the police on charges of exploiting a young man from Mali. The migrant reportedly had to live in a cement cube measuring only a few square meters, without a proper bathroom.

A farm owner in Sulcis on the Italian island of Sardinia has been accused of employing individuals on his farm without declaring them to the tax authorities as employees and of engaging in abusive labor practices. 


When the police entered the suspect's farm on October 11, they reportedly found two men who were not legally working there: a 52-year-old Italian man and a 28-year-old man from Mali. They did not, however, find the suspect -- so they were not yet able to arrest him.

The young Malian was reportedly living in a cement cube measuring only a few square meters without a proper bathroom, and had no means to go elsewhere. According to police sources, the migrant had been there for just over a month. He likely received only a few hundred euros in cash in exchange for his labor. 

Sanctions against the farmer 

The inspector's office fined the farmer -- he has to pay 3,600 euros for employing someone without declaring it to the tax authorities. They also reported the man to the police for subjecting workers to exploitation. If found guilty, the farmer would face a prison sentence of between one and six years as well as an extra 1,000-euro fine.
 

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