Vis Man Takes Documents from Nepalese Workers, Forces Work

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, police officers working for the Organised Crime Service of the Split-Dalmatia Police Department have completed a criminal investigation into a 58-year-old Croatian citizen due to a well-founded suspicion of him having committed the criminal offense of trafficking in human beings under Article 106 paragraph 3 of the Criminal Code.

Namely, the criminal investigation established the existence of a well-founded suspicion that the 58-year-old Vis man had committed the criminal offense of trafficking in human beings to the detriment of four Nepalese citizens, meaning that from December 2020 to June the 20th, 2021, he used their illegal stay and unregulated work status, as well as their poor financial situation, in order to recruit them for unpaid employment.

He didn’t pay them money for their work and he kept them living in inappropriate conditions.

He then took them to the island of Vis and exploited them for forced labour, without the payment of monetary compensation, kept them in inappropriate working conditions, in which their health, safety and dignity weren’t protected. He also severely restricted their freedom of movement by confiscating their personal documents, misleading them that they would be able to move freely after he obtained a work permit for them with said documents and regulated their stay in Croatia, even though he knew that wasn’t on the cards.

After the criminal investigation was completed due to the existence of a well-founded suspicion of committing the above-mentioned criminal offense, the 58-year-old Vis man was handed over to the police.

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