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Spain: Moroccan female migrant workers on strawberry farms allegedly face sexual abuse

"Moroccan Female Workers in Spain Live Ongoing Strawberry Field Nightmare", 14 May 2020

A Moroccan seasonal farm worker in the Huelva region of southern Spain reported she was sexually assaulted by a farm supervisor last week. She is not the first to do so. 

For years, Moroccan women have struggled to be heard and attain justice over similar berry field-related attacks...

SAT [the Andalusian Union of Workers] has filed a number of compaints related to the sexual abuse women in the fields consistenly face. The employer’s farm lobby has a history of accusing the labor union of fabricating such complaints. 

The strawberry farm [...] is located in [...] the Andalusia region, which produces 80% of Spain’s strawberries within Europe’s largest fruit exporting industry. 

A bilateral agreement between Morocco and Spain, established in 2001, permits thousands of seasonal Moroccan workers to support the annual harvest...

In the Andalusian region, Moroccan workers–mostly women–are promised high wages in exchange for their labor underneath plastic greenhouse tarps. Upon arriving across their country’s border, many women suffer from poor working conditions in isolated farms.

Under vulnerable circumstances, women are often coerced into having sex, threatened, and deprived of resources...