After the 7-Eleven migrant workers scandal of 2015, migration and law experts fear that Australia’s horticulture industry may be the next big industry to be enslaving foreign workers on temporary visas.
According to an Australian Parliamentary Inquiry, this could become a bigger migrant slave scandal. The inquiry is nearing completion with the one and only regional hearing at Mildura, in Victoria, to be held on October 30 and a report slated to be released in November.
Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) Natalie James has time and again been calling on international students and foreign workers on temporary visas to come forward and report employers who may be exploiting them. Foreign workers are involved in more than three-quarters of legal cases initiated by the FWO against unscrupulous employers.