A desperate search is on for 120 missing Polish nationals, amid fears they may have been victims of forced labour in Italy. Investigators from both countries are involved in the probe which focuses on seasonal agricultural work. Italian police say they broke up a criminal network bringing Poles into the south of the country in the summer.
On their website, Polish police have published the pictures of those they are seeking. In all, it is believed as many as 1,000 Poles may have found themselves in Italian work camps. In July, Italian authorities say they discovered 113 Poles employed in such camps. It is claimed they were kept in a state of slavery in poor sanitary conditions, watched over by armed guards and that any attempt to flee was met with severe physical punishment.