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Italian Police Free 100 Polish Slave Laborers


In Italy, authorities have freed at least 100 Poles who worked in forced labor camps in the south of the country.

Police say they arrested 25 people on charges related to human trafficking. They say the Poles were recruited for seasonal farm work through announcements in local newspapers.

Authorities say the workers, who had to pay travel costs, were housed in barracks with poor conditions. They say there were reported cases of beatings and rapes and that several of the workers committed suicide.

Many Poles look for work in other countries because the unemployment rate in their country is the highest in the European Union - about 16 percent.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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