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Sweden -Forced labour for migrant workers -February 01, 2013

Forestry companies have lured workers from Cameroon with false promises of pay and working conditions. The migrant workers had been promised a monthly salary of €2,150, plus €700 in per diems. Upon arrival the deal changed and it was no longer a monthly salary but instead paid at a piece rate of €0.02. To get close to the monthly pay that they had been promised, they then had to work day and night and plant about 3500 new trees a day in 2011.



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