Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Dutch greenhouse grower to prison for human trafficking

A 51-year-old manager of a horticulture company from Erica has been sentenced to 2 months in prison for human trafficking. The manager hired a man from Morocco who worked illegally at the horticulture company. The case did receive a lot of media attention in recent months.

No exploitation
The court acquits the manager of exploitation. The company has to pay a fine of 20,000 euros, half of which is conditional with a probationary period of 3 years. In addition, the company and the manager were ordered to pay damages of approximately 11,700 euros to the illegal worker.

In determining the punishment, the court takes into account that the manager basically appears to have good intentions to employ the man. "He offered him shelter at the request of an employee which he knew for several years. But the downside of this friend’s obligation is that this initially well-meant help resulted in the man doing uninsured work," the court explains.

"This led to a very undesirable situation, which benefitted the horticultural company, and whereby it illegally saved (inter alia) labor costs. As a consequence of an accident during the - partly on its own initiative performed - illegal activities, the person also experienced major adverse effects. The court weighs, in punitive sense, the attempt to cover up the illegal housing at the moment when the illegal worker was admitted to hospital after this accident by stating a false name."

Click here for the verdict (in Dutch).

Publication date: 10/19/2017



Other news in this sector:

7/20/2018 Cultivate'18: It's picture time!
7/20/2018 HortiDaily Holiday!
7/20/2018 Japan: Five-day training on plant factory operation
7/20/2018 In Berlin without a stand: trend or a one off?
7/19/2018 Angola: Agro-logistic workshop on the Lobito Corridor
7/19/2018 EU: Workshop enabling growers for the digital age
7/19/2018 Cultivate'18: photos are on their way
7/18/2018 Europe: Call for entries Food Heroes Award
7/18/2018 Pink can be your favourite colour at the Cultivate'18
7/18/2018 It's all about lettuce at the GPEC, Tokyo
7/18/2018 US: Fresh produce industry reflects on the impact of Tour de Fresh
7/18/2018 US (IN): Greenhouse workshop to promote sustainable growing practices
7/18/2018 US (PA): Penn State offers high tunnel tours
7/17/2018 Enormous turnout makes for highly successful Organic Produce Summit
7/17/2018 Conviron and ASPB provide Scholars Program
7/17/2018 US (TX): Urban Food Production Conference
7/17/2018 Final hours of Cultivate'18
7/16/2018 US: Industry unites at Cultivate'18
7/13/2018 Getting ready for Cultivate '18
7/13/2018 Australia: WA Horticulture Update to highlight new industry trends