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The Foreigner Norwegian charged with human trafficking. Police have arrested and indicted furniture restoration firm-owner Lars Backer in connection with the trafficking of three Filipino nurses to work at Oslo University Hospital. Mr Backer, who allegedly acted as an intermediary, first came under officers’ scrutiny following the hospital’s decision to report him for fraud. The case involves revelations the nurses were obliged to take loans of up to 300,000 kroner, refund him and his spouse from their salary via monthly instalments, as well as pay for food and rental costs at a pre-selected house. These expenses left the nurses with very little from their salaries.

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Norwegian charged with human trafficking

Published on Wednesday, 14th March, 2012 at 11:07 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Police have arrested and indicted furniture restoration firm-owner Lars Backer in connection with the trafficking of three Filipino nurses to work at Oslo University Hospital.



Mr Backer, who allegedly acted as an intermediary, first came under officers’ scrutiny following the hospital’s decision to report him for fraud.

The case involves revelations the nurses were obliged to take loans of up to 300,000 kroner, refund him and his spouse from their salary via monthly instalments, as well as pay for food and rental costs at a pre-selected house. These expenses left the nurses with very little from their salaries.

In turn, it is claimed the hospital also contributed to this by signing documents, aiding the nurses’ employment. Staff also allegedly broke the law by not possessing work permits for them, and Progress Party (FrP) MP Kari Kjønaas Kjos formally reported the hospital to police.

According to Aftenposten, Mr Backer’s wife, of Filipino origin, was also arrested in connection with the case. Police Inspector Bjørn Vandvik has not confirmed the details, however.

“Two people have been arrested. The charges against them apply to violations of penal code section 224 relating to human trafficking,” he said.

Officer Vandvik stated that the pair will be given a hearing by Thursday and that the three nurses concerned have been questioned.

The three women were supposedly not allowed contact the Filipino community in Norway, and were under threat of being sent home if they revealed their situation



Published on Wednesday, 14th March, 2012 at 11:07 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: oslouniversityhospital, humantraffickingnorway.





  
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