US News Ecuador: A Japanese company Accused of Human Trafficking

10:25  29 october  2021
10:25  29 october  2021 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Equateur : une entreprise japonaise accusée de traite humaine et d'exploitation © John Coletti / Getty Images Ecuador: A Japanese company Accused of Human Trading and Operating Thursday, October 28, Justice has announced that the leaders of A Japanese company located in Ecuador were accused of slavery.

A current leader and two ex-leaders of a Japanese agricultural enterprise located in Ecuador have been accused of human trafficking and exploitation, announced Thursday, October 28 the public prosecution of the South American country. A judge banned these three people, Equatorians, to leave the territory and placed them under electronic supervision. "In addition, it ordered the prohibition of alienating furniture and immovable property on behalf of FURUKAWA to ensure potential global repairs to victims," ​​said the Office of the Prosecutor.

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FURUKAWA, present in Ecuador since 1963, cultivates and transforms from ABACA, a species of banana whose very resistant fibers are used to make fine paper or in the automotive domain. The company, a subsidiary of the Japanese FPC Marketing, has been denounced for promoting "living conditions, housing and unworthy, precarious and inhuman work", depending on the floor.

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A report from the defender of the people, the Ecuadorian ombudsman compared these conditions to "a contemporary form of slavery", Recall the floor in its statement. Former workers accuse Furukawa to violate human rights and forcing his employees to work in inhuman conditions in his plantations, where entire families worked, including children. A constitutional judge sentenced last April the company to compensate some 120 ex-employees of an amount not yet fixed, and to give five hectares of land to each of them.

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The company, considered the main producer of ABACA in Ecuador, has some 23,000 hectares distributed in 32 farms implanted In three coastal provinces. Ecuador is ABACA's second largest producer. The ABACA Fiber Sale generated $ 32.7 million in 2020. From January to August 2021, sales reached $ 24.3 million.

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