Gang which imported illegal building workers held
6 February 2007, MADRID — Twenty-four people were arrested in raids in Spain and Portugal on Tuesday in connection with smuggling in illegal workers.
6 February 2007
MADRID — Twenty-four people were arrested in raids in Spain and Portugal on Tuesday in connection with smuggling in illegal workers.
The gang was bringing in hundreds of Brazilians, Guineans, Ukranians with false identities.
All the illegal immigrants were working in the construction industry.
Police sources said the workers were contracted through a number of Portuguese companies which then sub-contracted the workers again to Spanish firms to carry out various building projects.
They were used as cheap labour in cities including Vigo, Seville, Malaga, Oviedo, Segovia and the Canary Islands.
Ten people have been detained in all, among them company owners. They have been charged with offences of 'illicit association', breaking workers' rights and falsifying documents.
Fourteen immigrants have also been arrested for working illegally.
The investigation began in November 2005 after a number of Brazilian workers were discovered with illegal work papers in Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.
They claimed they had been contracted by a Portuguese company which had not secured work papers for them.
The investigation unfolded from there.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news