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Swedish state involved in trafficking?

Published lördag 30 oktober 2010 kl 13.54
Vietnamese berry pickers in Sweden protesting over lack of salaries.

Critical Swedish journalists are accusing the Swedish state for contributing to human trafficking - by giving work permits to Asian men and women coming here to pick wild berries in the forests each summer – and returning home with no salaries and huge debts destroying their lives.

The journalists claim that the center-right Swedish government and the labor unions here are well aware of the exploitation of Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian workers for years - and remain silent when new work permits are handed out to Asian workers each year.

The critics add that Swedish food producers buying tons of wild berries on the market know very well that the goods are gathered by exploited visiting workers receiving no salaries for their efforts - but disregard reality in order to make big profits.

The critics point out that the Swedish government and the unions are very eager to condemn the exploitation of workers in Cambodia, Chile and in other countries around the globe - but are totally silent when it comes to slave labor and human trafficking in the forests here at home.

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