The images of the hidden cameras made it possible to ascertain how they were forced to work and live within the same companies in precarious hygienic and sanitary conditions.
The Guardia di Finanza arrested three people, de facto administrators of three companies active in the footwear sector in the province of Pavia. The investigations into the hypothesis of illicit brokering and exploitation of labor were directed by the Pavia Public Prosecutor’s Office and made it possible to demonstrate the existence of three Vigevanese companies active in the manufacture of footwear in which employees were exploited on a daily basis. In particular, the corporals, all Chinese citizens, forced the employees to work indiscriminately day and night from 10 to 15 hours a day, without a break and without any day off.
The images of the cameras hidden in the factories made it possible to ascertain how the workers were forced to work and live within the same companies in precarious hygienic and sanitary conditions, without heating or adequate beds. The companies resorted to front names to hide the presence and management of the company by the three arrested who, during the checks of the various state bodies, presented themselves as collaborators, contact persons of the owners or normal employees.
To make checks less easy, companies often changed their name, owner, company name and VAT number. The employees, all Chinese citizens, receive negligible remuneration and in any case far below the threshold set by the collective bargaining agreements and were not paid based on the hours worked but on the basis of the pieces produced or processed, which were noted on special registers.