Orihuela-based company ‘forced staff to beg in toilets’

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THREE people have been arrested, one in Malaga, for allegedly forcing employees to beg in toilets.
In May, National Police learned of irregularities within a company in charge of cleaning toilets at restaurants in service stations throughout Spain.
The company mainly hired Bulgarian people in Orihuela, Alicante, and told them they also had to request money from users of the toilets they cleaned, amounting to €250 per week which had to be paid into one of the company’s accounts. If they didn’t make enough, they had to make up the difference with their own money.
The employees were paid €700 per month with which they also had to buy cleaning products, and if they wanted to resign, they had to pay €1,800 to the company to sort out their unemployment benefits.
The detainees, aged between 35 and 43 are charged with exploitation, extortion and crimes against the rights of workers.

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