A large number of Roma (gypsies) have been charged of kidnapping and exploiting 65 vulnerable boys and men and forcing them into slavery.
Authorities raided Gamacesti, a rural mountain town in Romania, and formally detained 38 people, but authorities say there could be up to 90 suspects involved. The mentally and physically disabled males were allegedly chained up, forced to beg, chop wood and fight each other for entertainment.
Residents of the town have denied the accusations of slavery and claim the victims were homeless people who had been taken in. An anonymous woman told Associated Press “They were fed, they had money and they did not want to leave.”
Strikes cut off PNG as government debates vote no confidence
Simultaneous strikes from aviation, maritime and public transportation workers around Papua New Guinea have left many stranded and the country effectively cut off since yesterday. This comes as the PNG Opposition debates a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Peter O’Neill later today, after the PNG Supreme Court ruled in favour of the motion last week. After being adjourned for four weeks, the PNG parliament will sit for the first time since the police shootings at student protests earlier in June.
The PNG government had originally decided not to reconvene until August, in a futile move to try and avoid the vote of no confidence. O’Neill faces allegations of corruption and poor economic management.
Kuwait to set minimum wage for domestic workers
Kuwait has become the first Gulf Arab country to set a minimum wage for its hundreds of domestic workers. The Kuwaiti Interior Ministry announced on Thursday that the new minimum salary will be raised to 60 Kuwaiti dinars ($198AU) a month. They will now also require employers to pay their workers for any extra hours worked. Maids will be granted the right to a weekly day off, 30 days of annual paid leave, a 12-hour working day with rest, and an end-of-service benefit of one month a year at the end of contract. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Besgrove, Jessica Holmes and Ariana Norton.
Screengrab showing one of the kidnapping victims from euronews’ video.