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March 5, 2021

Romanian discovered living in inhuman conditions in Italy: Minister Pastarnac, Italian Ambassador, review progress in providing help and assistance; agree to strengthen bilateral cooperation in ensuring the rights of the Romanian citizens in Italy

Minister for Romanians Abroad Andreea Pastarnac on Friday had a meeting with the Italian Ambassador in Bucharest, Marco Giungi, to establish the necessary measures to be taken in providing immediate help and assistance to the Romanian woman and her two children, who were discovered living in inhuman conditions by the Italian carabiniers, in the Gizzeria locality, in Lamezia Terme region, reads a release of the Ministry for Romanians Abroad.

The Italian diplomat presented more details about this case, insisting on the efforts and efficiency of the local police, which led to the discovery of the victims and the taking into custody of the aggressor.

“On the same occasion, the interior attache of the permanent Italian mission, who also attended the meeting, brought into talks the importance of cooperation between the specialized institutions, while also presenting their immediate measures, referring thus to the support granted to the three victims in medical terms and counseling,” informs the same release.

Thus, Minister Pastarnac emphasized on the fact that the inter-ministerial group made of representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the MMJS had a series of consultations and decided to have a common delegation of the MRP-MAI, led by Secretary of State Veaceslav Saramet, sent immediately to the Lamezia Terme region.

“During this mission there will be held meetings with the representatives of the Prefecture, Quaestor’s Office and Carabiniers, in view of paying a visit to the institutions where the mother and the two minor children are placed for now,” said the release.

The two officials’ meeting agenda also include a detailed presentation of the latest developments in respect to the implementation of the pilot-centre for the victims of labour exploitation to be opened in Vittoria, Ragusa Region, where the authorities from the two states will convene on the necessary measures. Moreover, the parties agreed to continue with the information campaigns carried out by the authorities from the two states together with the local authorities, the Romanian associations, the Romanian parishes and the organizations specialized in human trafficking and workplace exploitation.

Moreover, upon the proposal of Minister Pastarnac, they agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in ensuring the rights of the Romanian citizens in Italy, as well as on developing such mechanism to ensure prevention and combat of all forms of abuse.

According to the leggo.it website, a Romanian aged 29, mother of two children, 3 and 9 years old, between 2007 and 2017 was the victim of violence, sexual abuses and slavery of an Italian citizen aged 52, who was arrested by the Police.

The Italian investors discovered that the family lived in a small insanitary barrack, without electricity and without services and infested by mice and insects, in Gizzeria rural town, Catanzaro region. because of the insanitary condition, the woman and the two children were immediately taken to a protected location.

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