Serious questions are being raised, with calls for a police investigation, into reports of modern-day slave employment practices at some Grenada businesses that use imported labour.
The issue was brought to the fore when a worker, who allegedly was severely beaten by his employers – a St Andrew business entrepreneur – ran away to escape his mistreatment.
Details are still sketchy, however, the Informer was reliably informed that the business entrepreneur habitually imports labourers from Asia, promising that accommodation, meals and other basic essentials would be provided.
According to our source, who prefers to remain anonymous, the workers are also promised that on returning to their homeland, after their four-year stint in Grenada, they’ll be given a lump sum payment.
However, it is understood that labourers receive no regular payments from their employers and the abused workers frequently are sent back to their country of origin before the end of their contract, without any financial compensation.
Our investigation revealed that the man, who recently escaped his employers, suffered extensive damage to his eyes and face as a result of what has been described as a “severe beating’’. Reports are that the labourers are frequently beaten by both husband and wife of the business enterprise. While there has been no official word from the RGPF, the Grenada Informer was reliably informed that an official complaint was made to the Easter division Police Station by the victim.
The whereabouts of the abused labourer, and what his next course of action would be, remain unknown.
The Grenada Informer was unable to confirm how many people have passed under or are currently within the alleged organized system of slave labour.