Monday , September 16 2019
Home / Victoria News / Sweet shop ‘slave’ worked 100 hours a week, court told

Sweet shop ‘slave’ worked 100 hours a week, court told

An alleged forced-labour victim worked nearly 100 hours a week at a Persian sweet shop, plus longer days during Ramadan and Iranian new year, a court has heard.

Seyyed Ali Farshchi, 46, and his wife, Naghmeh Mostafaei, 45, faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday over allegations they kept an Iranian refugee as a slave at their Box Hill and Lalor business, Candoo Confectionery.

Naghmeh Mostafaei and Seyyed Ali Farshchi outside court yesterday.

Naghmeh Mostafaei and Seyyed Ali Farshchi outside court yesterday. Credit:Luis Ascui

The worker, who cannot be named, gave evidence on Monday during a committal hearing to decide whether Dr Farshchi and Mrs Mostafaei will face trial.

He told the court he had come to Australia along with his wife and daughter after paying a people smuggler $US18,000 to travel from Indonesia.

About admin

Check Also

Melbourne Express, Monday, September 16, 2019

Just over 10 degrees in the city now, though it feels more like seven. Keep …