Thai berry pickers in Finland

Unbound linked an article from an English-language Finnish newspaper about a recent trafficking trial in Finland. The trial is expected to set a precedent as the behavior complained of, the taking of passports and accommodations not as promised as well as accusations of debt bondage that the defendant categorically denies, is less severe that that in previous labor trafficking cases. In response to the case the Thai government has issued an advisory that workers avoid Finland where there is no question that Asian foreign workers who pick berries in forests are payed significantly less than European foreign workers who generally work on contracts for field work. A headline after the article suggests that the warning is having effect while the Finnish government debates changes in the two-tier system of berry picking.

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