Alentejo estate owner arrested for human trafficking

A man who allegedly tricked several Brazilians into travelling to Portugal to work at his farmhouse in the Lower Alentejo has been arrested by the Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service (SEF).

Says the borders service, the man would attract “Brazilians citizens to Portugal” under the pretense of “fake tourism trips”.

Once they arrived, he would “control them and coerce them into carrying out all sorts of chores and house works around the estate”, without ever agreeing to an employment contract or remuneration.

The man, described only as an EU citizen, has been remanded in custody and is facing charges of human trafficking and assisting illegal immigration. Meanwhile, the victims have returned to their home country.

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