Whatever they will do to us, they are nothing: Romanian exploitation in Sicily

Sicily: the port of entry to continental Europe from the Mediterranean. What many people do not know is what happens in the Sicilian countryside, where thousands of migrants work in agriculture, in particular in the fruit and vegetables industry. Part of what you find in the supermarkets and grocery stores might be produced in this areas, especially because of the favorable climate all year round.

Here many people, principally women, come from the poorest areas of Eastern Europe to work in the greenhouses of southern Sicily, to produce out of season groceries that will then be sold all around the country. The majority of these women are young mothers, coming from Romania with their young kids and sometimes with their partners to find a better opportunity, some more money to support the family. They do not know what they will be facing once they are hired by their “padrone”. Continue reading