Beja: probation for six Romanian citizens for trafficking.

Were in custody six Romanian citizens, five men and a woman, held by the SEF for human trafficking. Out ears to “future memory” 24 workers exploited.

Six hours after they entered into the Prison Beja (EPBeja), in custody, six individuals Romanian nationality, They returned yesterday to DIAP of √Čvora, where 24 of 255 individuals identified, as explored by the network, testified for future memory.

Present the first interrogation on Thursday afternoon, six arrested, five men and a woman, aged between 22 and 47 year old, They are known to 23,50 hours that the measure of coercion that were subject was the most onerous, deprivation of liberty.

The two dozen east of citizens were heard in DIAP, are those were in the most fragile situation and that "had higher suspected to be victims of exploitation and also aims to consolidate the accusation", told LN source of SEF, who added that "the authorities will look forward to these people institutions, to ensure humanitarian aid ", justified.

The same source added that "the translators explain to citizens what is happening, since they are not aware that they are exploited ", in the face of Portuguese law.

More than two hundred Romanians and Moldovans working for one that is believed to be the ringleader of the network, a name of Romanian Florin, They concentrated along the DIAP, to demonstrate solidarity "with the boss" (see footnote).

The operation "Masline", was the largest held by the SEF in combating trafficking in human beings, It was triggered on Tuesday last in Beja areas, Ferreira do Alentejo and Montes Old (Aljustrel), and it led to the arrest of five men and a woman, who are suspected of human trafficking, aiding illegal immigration and aid association illegal immigration. The SEF involved 141 operational, and complied with 6 Arrest Warrants, 8 to house search, 2 office search and 12 for seizure of vehicles, in its most passenger, -end.

On Thursday afternoon, SEF Research Center Direction Iced Florin a bank account in the amount of 135.000 euros. During the investigation the prosecutor will develop other measures intended to determine which of slavery network heritage district of Beja, It may turn out to be some frozen, of about ten and a half of national accounts and other trust who are also detained.

Recall that the network was recruiting workers in countries of origin, luring with better living conditions, but arrived in Portugal, They were no documents and were forced to work without receiving any salary, sleeping huddled in unfit housing.

The six arrested, They are represented by a single lawyer, Belchior Manuel de Sousa, with offices in Ferreira do Alentejo and considered an expert in the type of crime in question, They met near the Thursday midnight the enforcement measures, which received the Prison Beja (EPBeja) cerca the 02,00 hours.

Now the five men await trial in EPBeja, while the woman is taken to the women's jail of Odemira.

Solidarity concentration

About two hundred Romanian and Moldovan attended by the DIAP, a "spontaneous demonstration" of solidarity with Florin, one of the detainees and had at SEF, as the brain of the organization.

Roman Mariana e Peren (Moldavia. Husband and wife, he 45 it's her 41 year old)

"We are in Odivelas (Ferreira do Alentejo) six months ago and have always been treated well. We received 600/ 700 Euros per month and paid 50 Home euros. We're 3/ 4 people in housing, with good conditions. The Florin has been a great boss., if we needed an advance he gave and cashed later this month ".

Paul leaves (Moldavia. 62 year old)

"Work six days a week, eight hours a day. We are legal, we have European passports. We do not realize because it was stuck Florin. With him in jail we will be out of work. We are here to release the bosses ".

Teixeira Correia


Photos: Ana Luisa Delgado

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