Serbia leads investigation of human trafficking allegations

Allegations of human trafficking and labour exploitation of 11 Indian workers are being investigated by Serbia’s Public Prosecutor’s Office. The workers were hired by China Energy Engineering Group Tianjin Electric Power Construction (CEEG). Our member ASTRA in Serbia accuses the company of serious labour rights abuses, including withheld passports, excessive working hours and inadequate living conditions for the workers. The complainants also reportedly faced assaults from management at the Linglong company, a tire company associated with CEEG. Linglong denies employing Indian workers and claims it terminated its contract with CEEG in September 2022.

In the past ASTRA also supported workers from Vietnam who were exploited by Linglong in Serbia, see more here. This complaint led to a resolution by the European Parliament in December 2021.