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Spain: Female migrant workers from Morocco blow whistle on employers' sexual abuse *PARTNER CONTENT* 05:24

Spain: Female migrant workers from Morocco blow whistle on employers' sexual abuse *PARTNER CONTENT*

Spain, Huelva, Andalusia
October 2, 2018 at 22:08 GMT +00:00 · Published

Ten women from Morocco, who came to Spain's Andalusia region to work in strawberry fields, claim they repeatedly suffered from exploitation and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.

A report from RT Espanol tells the story of these female workers and blows the whistle on their abusers.

After arriving in Huelva last April to start work as seasonal fruit pickers, the women now find themselves in limbo, shunned from their families in Morocco and without employment in Spain.

"I've come here to work, but they haven't paid me yet. Absolutely nothing," says one, who planned to use the promised 40 euros a day to save money and return home.

The money never materialised and the cycle of abuse began.

One woman recalled months of sexual abuse from her boss. "He jumped on me, grabbed my breasts, and started to kiss me. I tried to defend myself. But he is a strong man [...] I didn't have enough power." She eventually fled.

According to the women, exploitation and sexual abuse of female workers coming to Europe from Morocco is widespread. Many victims choose not to denounce their working conditions and sexual harassment, for fear of being shamed in their homeland.

"In Morocco they can forgive you, if you killed somebody. And they will not do it, if you were sexually assaulted. My brother calls me and tells me that he will come and kill me. What should I do? Who will take the responsibility for what has happened to me?" says one of the female workers, shown in video.

Even those who decided to report their abuses to the police claim that filing official complaints did not improve their situation - the women accuse the authorities of inaction. However, these victims have refused to give up and are determined to seek justice.

"I'm not afraid. If I need to die in order to defend my dignity and the dignity of the people who live here with me, then they can kill me. I am proud of my actions. And I want to come back to Morocco holding my head high," insisted one of the interviewees.

Spain: Female migrant workers from Morocco blow whistle on employers' sexual abuse *PARTNER CONTENT* 05:24
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Ten women from Morocco, who came to Spain's Andalusia region to work in strawberry fields, claim they repeatedly suffered from exploitation and sexual abuse at the hands of their employers.

A report from RT Espanol tells the story of these female workers and blows the whistle on their abusers.

After arriving in Huelva last April to start work as seasonal fruit pickers, the women now find themselves in limbo, shunned from their families in Morocco and without employment in Spain.

"I've come here to work, but they haven't paid me yet. Absolutely nothing," says one, who planned to use the promised 40 euros a day to save money and return home.

The money never materialised and the cycle of abuse began.

One woman recalled months of sexual abuse from her boss. "He jumped on me, grabbed my breasts, and started to kiss me. I tried to defend myself. But he is a strong man [...] I didn't have enough power." She eventually fled.

According to the women, exploitation and sexual abuse of female workers coming to Europe from Morocco is widespread. Many victims choose not to denounce their working conditions and sexual harassment, for fear of being shamed in their homeland.

"In Morocco they can forgive you, if you killed somebody. And they will not do it, if you were sexually assaulted. My brother calls me and tells me that he will come and kill me. What should I do? Who will take the responsibility for what has happened to me?" says one of the female workers, shown in video.

Even those who decided to report their abuses to the police claim that filing official complaints did not improve their situation - the women accuse the authorities of inaction. However, these victims have refused to give up and are determined to seek justice.

"I'm not afraid. If I need to die in order to defend my dignity and the dignity of the people who live here with me, then they can kill me. I am proud of my actions. And I want to come back to Morocco holding my head high," insisted one of the interviewees.