The Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) has made defendant one 62-year-old national and two companies, of which he is the owner, for evidences of assisting unlawful immigration and collecting illegal labour, in an operation carried out, today, in Lisboa, Évora and Faro.
Within the search operation in an office and inspections in six working sites, supporting documentation of the criminal activity has been apprehended.
The operation has involved 33 SEF inspectors, and followed an ongoing investigation within the Service, under the coordination of DIAP Lisboa, aiming the owners and managers of temporary work agencies supplying foreign labour for the construction industry.
The workers, mostly illegally staying in Portugal, accepted the working conditions below as legally provided, with no right to holidays, sick leave or payment of overtime hours, providing the companies under investigation of huge financial benefits.
This action has been one of many which SEF has been holding for the control of illegal immigration, in particular in working sites where foreigners are in a precarious situation and ignorance of the law, in which providers of illegal labour take advantage of their vulnerability.