A total of 52 undocumented workers from Vietnam were detained in a Moscow workshop on Monday, the latest action by Russian authorities to clamp down on individuals and organisations who take advantage of migrant workers. The workers were found in a tailoring workshop on the premises of a farm in the Leninsky District of Moscow Oblast.
A Vietnamese trafficking ring originally brought the workers to Russia from Vietnam. After arriving in Russia, the passports of the workers were confiscated and they were forced to work while being prohibited from leaving the premises of the tailoring workshop.
Although an estimated 81 percent of the population of the Russian Federation are ethnically Russian, immigration from outside the country has increased in recent years. Many of the immigrants are from poorer nations, who come to Russia in search of better economic opportunities than in their native country, and can fall prey to exploitation by criminal gangs.
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