This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Join us for four days of inspiration, learning and networking!
Back To Schedule
Saturday, June 3 • 09:30 - 10:45
Working for us: Human trafficking and exploitation in Europe

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Healthy, fresh, and tasty food, or culinary creations from around the world can be delivered to our homes or to chic eateries in European cities at the click of a mouse. From classy sushi joints to hip poke bowl start-ups, the European food lifestyle is based on the cheap labor of migrants. The migrant workers in the food industry are unprotected due to inadequate or circumvented labor laws, and the cases of their trafficking and exploitation are rampant in the EU. It doesn´t happen just on farms, but in every corner of our food system - from fishing vessels in the Irish Sea to the restaurant kitchens in Italy. In this session, we'll talk to two journalists who have investigated how European labour markets exploit the desperation of people from third countries. Maria Delaney has followed the journey of Filipino workers to Ireland in hopes of obtaining better working conditions and wages, only to end up at the mercy of a work permission scheme that has been turned upside down. Ismail Einashe has taken a behind-the-scenes look at the modern food industry in Italy, where Bangladeshis - without labor protections and minimum wages - end up in criminal networks and in the hands of human traffickers.

avatar for Geesje van Haren

Geesje van Haren

Founder, Lost in Europe
Geesje van Haren established Verspers.nl in 2005. VersPers is a training and publication platform for investigative journalists, with a large network of publication partners and extensive experience in training creative investigative journalism skills. Geesje van Haren initiated and... Read More →

avatar for Ismail Einashe

Ismail Einashe

Investigative Journalist
Ismail Einashe is an award-winning investigative journalist and writer who has written for The Guardian, BBC News, Foreign Policy, The Sunday Times, El Mundo, Internazionale and The Nation, among many others. He is a member of Lost in Europe, a cross-border journalism project investigating... Read More →
avatar for Maria Delaney

Maria Delaney

Editor, Noteworthy (Ireland)
Editor of Noteworthy, an Irish crowdfunded investigative journalism platform. Noteworthy supports independent and impactful public interest journalism, allowing in-depth analysis of underreported issues. It is part of The Journal, Ireland's largest native online news outlet, and a member of the European Data... Read More →

Saturday June 3, 2023 09:30 - 10:45 CEST