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Nicosia police pursue allegations of human trafficking

Seven victims of exploitation identified at farm


Yesterday, a new case of human trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation was referred to the Nicosia Criminal Court.

The victims, seven foreigners, are at the center of the accusations against two individuals aged 40 and 45, as well as the company owned by the aforementioned individuals.

According to a police statement, the case is scheduled for trial on March 21, 2024, while the two accused individuals remain free on bail.

The police report indicates that the victims reported inappropriate living conditions, excessive and exhaustive working hours, non-payment of overtime compensation, denial of days off, and withholding of personal documents by their employer.

The investigation into the case began in October 2023, following the assessment of relevant information by the Human Trafficking Combating Office.

As part of the investigation, a coordinated operation was carried out at the premises of a goat and sheep farm, where the seven foreign nationals were located.

"Initial assessments revealed signs of victimization, and as a result, they were transferred with the assistance of Social Welfare Services to a safe place for their protection and security," it added.

The case was investigated by the Human Trafficking Combating Office.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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