Restaurant staff forced to work “marathon days”
Police on the Costa del Sol have smashed a family-run gang which forced Pakistani citizens to work in local restaurants for marathon days of up to 12 hours and paid them just 350 pounds a month.
In exchange for a payment of between 8,000 and 10,000 euros, they also organised marriages of convenience with Spanish citizens so that the workers could obtain their residence permits.
Twelve raids have been carried out in Mijas (4), Calahonda (1), Coín (2), Marbella (1), Fuengirola (3) and Torremolinos (1), in which more than 170,000 euros was seized, together with a luxury car worth 40,000 euros.
In addition, more than 160,000 euros has been blocked in current accounts and almost 900,000 euros in real estate property.
“A total of 39 people have been arrested for falsification of documents, against the rights of foreign citizens, against the rights of workers and crimes against the Public Treasury and against Social Security, ” said a spokesman for the Spanish police.
The investigation was started as a result of a complaint lodged by a worker at a Pakistani food restaurant about the conditions he and others had to endure. He said the owner and his brother, both also of Pakistani origin, told staff they had to lie if inspectors called and show documents belonging to other people.
The brothers turned out to be outstanding members of a network of Pakistani businessmen involved in the Costa del Sol restaurant trade.