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Dozens of migrants suffer exploitation and work more than 10 hours daily under Sicily's scorching sun.

Sunglasses, hats, sarongs, jewellery, cold drinks. On any European beach, it is common for bathers to buy whatever they want without leaving their sun loungers. In Mondello, one of Sicily's most popular beaches, dozens of vendors walk the shoreline barefoot under the relentless sun to sell coveted summer merchandise. But behind this common sight are powerful stories of exploitation and survival. They are immigrants, mostly Bangladeshis and Africans, in debt to trafficking mafias. Without papers or sales licenses, many live on the bare minimum and sleep in tents in the nearby woods.

Ismail Einashe
Ismail Einashe
Kate Stanworth
Kate Stanworth
Rosa Meneses
Rosa Meneses

Language: English

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