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There is a very subtle form of slavery, what I would call “disposable”: you take it, you pay (peanuts) and then I give you up. Not that slavery between the 14th and 17th centuries was any better, but what was then considered “good”, of economic value, was taken care of. Today things are different, and life has even less value.

And we must have the courage to say that this market is fueled by the connivance of certain businessmen, particularly for so-called casual, seasonal jobs or don’t have a continuity, which have no link to the International criminal realities.

There are people who want to get out of poverty, out of bondage; This relates to those unscrupulous people who have no compassion, who take advantge of this eager yearning to make a profit. We as Cisl denunce this years ago, the sudden disappearance in Foggia of Polish groups who were involved in the cultivation of vegetables; from one day to the other, dozens of people were there no more. They were supposed to have been suppressed by their foremen because they were rebelling against the conditions in which they were, far from initially promised arrangements. Other similar phenomena were denounced in Caserta.Not only beaten and tortured, but often killed. A horror without end.

Today, the problem is the lack of control, but keeping in mind that this derives from a context that pretends not to see what is happening in the countries. If a company sees agricolture workers treated as slaves as far as impossible working hours, being underpaid, hospitalised in makeshift places which are indecent and have absolutely precarious hygienic conditions, and turns on the other hand, ensures that the result of this indifference would be the turning the same controller as a fugitive himself. Vigilance, even before the police, must be social.

Instead, our society is showing concerns: it is distracted, self-referential, it refuses to do the most menial jobs, heavy. And does not respect those who does them.

Regarding the episode of the capsized boat, there are demands to increase the patrol boats , how about the slave-masters and. .. But it iit ever possible that both the Itaalian government and European leaders are never able to put this issue under a political perspective a sit should?

The African continent in the next three decades will triple in population size: How can we ever think of stopping this human exodus with military ships unless we change the living conditions within these countries? Why doesn’t it dawn on Europe that as this is the real scenario , now would be the time to intervene?

What is needed are medium-and-long term strategies, integration and cooperation with the African people, putting at the disposal everything we have, : from health care to economic cooperation, investment statement necessary to create fraternity and economic connections.

Asia has set its foot in Africa, with quite disturbing prospects, the EU on the other hand, seems to be oblivious to the fact that this area will be under focus in the near future; not just because we need the workforce, but because we will need that part of the world all the more to increase our consumption.

This is why I shudder when I hear politicians say: now we’ll clamp down on the slave-masters. This immediate reaction does not solve the problem that needs instead of a policy of prospects. All the know-how we can give in terms of planning, management, assistance would be rewarded a thousand times, if only we had the courage to move in that direction. Nevertheless, Africa has been abandoned to the Chinese.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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