End slavery of Indians in Agro Pontino, Italy

End slavery of Indians in Agro Pontino, Italy

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Nishchay Agarwal started this petition to United Nations and

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I just read online news about the exploitation of Indians, particularly Sikhs in the Agro Pontino region of Italy. 

“I was working 12-13 hours a day, including Sundays, with no holidays, no rest,” Singh said. The farm owner paid him 100 to 150 euros ($120 to $175) a month, he said, which amounts to less than 50 cents an hour. The legal minimum for farmworkers is around 10 euros an hour.

The working conditions are inhumane and they are treated likes slaves. Upon resistance, they are threatened to be killed. “When I found a lawyer ready to help me, (the owner) told me... ‘I’ll kill you, I’ll dig a hole, throw you in it, and fill it up... he had a gun, I saw it,” he recalled.

Surprisingly, this region produces Mozzarella which is sold at around €15/kg and the agriculture Mafia earns a lot of profit out of the hard work of these people. The UN’s special rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery estimated in 2018 that more than 400,000 agricultural workers in Italy risk being exploited and almost 100,000 likely face  “inhumane conditions”.

Last month, a 27-year-old from Mali collapsed and died in the southeastern Apulia region after working a day in the fields in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius.

The problem of exploitation of farm workers has not gone unnoticed in parliament. It was under an anti-caporali law passed in 2016 that Singh’s employer was prosecuted.
 
But unions say there are still too few checks and labour inspectors to enforce the law properly. Sociologist Omizzolo, who works with the Eurispes think tank, spent years researching farm labour abuse in the Latina area - some of it undercover.

Many helpless Indians are being exploited in a foreign country and no one is speaking up for them. Those who speak up are forced to go into hiding. There are too many lives at stake. It is up to common citizens in India to speak up. Sign my petition to ensure legally-approved working conditions are enforced in Italy.

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