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Mean employers face people trafficking rap

Published on 09/03/2005

9 March 2005

BRUSSELS – Employers caught paying workers less than the minimum wage could find themselves being prosecuted for people trafficking, it emerged on Wednesday.

The Flemish newspaper De Standaard reported that Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx is drawing up a legal proposal to punish low-paying employers for people smuggling – even if the victims are Belgian.

Those guilty of the new offence would risk between one to five years in prison and a fine of between EUR 500 and EUR 50,000.

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Subject: Belgian news