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Bulgarian and French authorities take down network for illegal exploitation of Bulgarian workers

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The Bulgarian and the French authorities took down a network for human trafficking and labor exploitation. Three Bulgarians and a French national were detained in France. They organized the trafficking of workers near Lyon. 167 illiterate people from Northeast Bulgaria were hired to pick grapes in France. The group was functioning under the camouflage of a legal business. The people hired by a Bulgarian company were posted to France. They signed job contracts with the Bulgarian company in foreign language without knowing the content of the contracts and were promised EUR 60 per day in wages. Most of their money was appropriated by the Bulgarian company. The money laundering happened through business and investments in French real estate properties. 

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