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Moscow / Underground Sweatshop city of 260 migrant workers found

An underground factory for immigrant workers to make clothes in sweatshops has been discovered under a street in Moscow.

The cramped complex, which was home to about 260 migrants, contained dormitories and workshops packed with sewing machines as well as a canteen, a chicken coop, a cinema and casino.

The undocumented workers were arrested during a police raid, with video footage showing the bleak living conditions where there is no natural light.

In a video footage released by Moscow police, the underground home of about 200 migrant workers is revealed.

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Many of the workers came from former Soviet Republics which have struggled financially since the break-up of the USSR in 1991

They were found underneath the former site of the Cherkizovsky market, which was closed down in 2009, reports NBC News.

About 80 of the workers came from former Soviet Republics, such as Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, which have struggled with poverty since the USSR broke up in 1991.

Russia Today reports that 181 of the workers were Vietnamese.

They did not have work documents to allow them to work legally in the country.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor

Mail Online

via Sweatshop city of 260 migrant workers complete with canteen, cinema and casino found under Moscow street | Mail Online.

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