In 2017, the European Court of Human Rights ruled against Greece in favor of the strawberry pickers. … Eight years on, physical violence is no longer common, but thousands of migrants continue to find themselves in an endless cycle of exploitation and abuse.
The hours felt endless. Hours “where you wonder why they took your documents, kept your mobile phone, and then you realize, only a few weeks later, that it is their way of controlling you. They got you, they can blackmail you, you are their merchandise.”
Around half the workforce employed in Italian agriculture are migrants. They are denied fair wages and exploited by employers. But in addition to this exploitation, workers are stratified by their country of origin and a new racial apartheid has emerged in one of Europe’s largest exporters of fruit and vegetables.