By Tara Rippin • 13 December 2018 • 15:16
ARRESTED: Four people accused of facilitating illegal immigration and of worker exploitation in Mallorca.
Photo: National Police
FOUR people accused of facilitating illegal immigration and of worker exploitation, have been arrested in Palma.
Three of the detained are Pakistani, and the fourth a Spanish businessman based in Mallorca.
Sources revealed middle-aged Pakistani men were being brought to the island with the offer of good jobs. Instead they were working up to 16 hours a day on miserly wages.
They had to ‘endure poor safety and hygiene conditions’ and were threatened with violence if they reported their situation to the police.
A police operation, dubbed Tarik, resulted in raids on various addresses, and documentation related to fictitious companies and false social security registrations was seized, together with an NIE obtained using a passport that had apparently been stolen from a British citizen.
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Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
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