The Provincial Prosecutor's Office of Valencia demands penalties totaling 1,164 years for four men (a father and their three children) of Bulgarian nationality for exploiting their workforce to 33 compatriots, whom they kept "overcrowded and in subhuman conditions."
The trial for these events has begun on Monday in the third section of the Provincial Court of Valencia and is expected to conclude on February 27, according to initial estimates.
The Prosecutor's Office, whose indictment has been received by EFE, considers them responsible for 33 crimes of trafficking in human beings and 30 crimes against the rights of workers (three of the victims do not complain).
For each of the 33 crimes of trafficking in human beings a sentence of 7 years in prison is requested (which adds 231 for each processed, 924 in total); and for each of the 30 crimes against rights against workers a penalty of two years (60 for each processing, 240 in total).
In addition, each defendant is charged a fine of 2,400 euros for each of the 30 crimes against the rights of workers, which amounts to a total of 72,000 euros per processed, 288,000 in total.
In its indictment, the Prosecutor's Office informs that the four defendants are in prison since October 2016 and holds the brother of one of them (the father) responsible for having collaborated with the alleged mafioso network.
The accused, always according to the Public Prosecutor's Office, constitute a family group without a hierarchical structure, which was dedicated to transfer to Spain to people of Bulgarian nationality and scarce economic resources, mainly from the region of Pleven, to work on agricultural tasks.
When they arrived in Spain, they were forced to live in "infrahuman" conditions, since they were forced to live "overcrowded", in an unhealthy situation and "working conditions close to slavery", since they were left with all or a significant part of what they charged.
Both the defendants and their victims resided in a building in Tavernes de la Valldigna (Valencia) between January and April 2016, and later moved to Cuéllar (Segovia), where the defendants were arrested.
The first denunciations for these facts were presented before the courts of Sueca (Valencia), although three of the alleged victims have appeared in these same courts to inform that they do not claim anything.
The five defendants agreed to keep half of what these workers collected in their agricultural collection work, but finally they only paid testimonial amounts and in some cases nothing, according to the prosecution's account of events.
In addition, they charged at least 69,500 euros (plus other amounts "in black") from several companies in Pego (Alicante), Murcia, Guadassuar (Valencia), Valladolid, Burgos, Segovia and Avila for the hiring of workers who were in their custody .