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    Ukrainians Toil as Forced Laborers in Poland

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    Operatives of Poland's Central Bureau of Police Investigation have raided two illegal tobacco factories, one of which employed slave laborers from neighboring Ukraine, TVN24 reported.

    The law enforcers knew about the activities of a local criminal group that hired migrants from the east and forced them to slave at an illegal factory they had set up inside a large warehouse in Kostowiec, a town in eastern Poland.

    According to a police representative, the premises the Ukrainian “slaves” worked and lived in were “hot and dusty” and totally unfit for humans.

    The other factory raided on Monday, was in the town of Zielona Góra in western Poland.

    Police confiscated over eight tons of tobacco and more than 5 million cigarettes, worth around $129 million.

    Thirteen illegal tobacco factories, including two in Warsaw, have been shut down in Poland since January.

    Sixty-three people have been arrested, sixty of them slave laborers from Ukraine, investigators told TVN24.

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