The Tree Workers' Case : Human Trafficking in the European Union

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  • Shedding light on one of the most brazen criminal enterprises to be uncovered in the E.U. in the past two decades, this film tells the story of approximately 2,000 workers - mostly from Southeast Asia, but also from Romania, the Slovak Republic, and other European countries - who were systematically exploited in the Czech Republic between 2009 and 2010. Viewers follow the efforts of lawyers and NGO members who have joined forces to investigate cases of foreign laborers being lured into menial, abusive forestry jobs. One of the workers concerned is Pham Hung Long, who, like many of his fellow Vietnamese, entered the Czech forests expecting decent pay and working conditions, only to fall into circumstances amounting to slavery. Detailed interviews with Pham, his attorneys, investigative journalists, and others are included.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on February 25, 2013.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.
  • Closed-captioned.
  • Portions with English subtitles.


  • Exploitation of Tree Workers (2:14) -- Exploitation of Ethnic Minorities (2:07) -- Chain Gang: Exploited Workers (2:52) -- False Promises and Cash (2:00) -- Corrupt Hanoi Middlemen (2:04) -- NGO Help for Exploited Workers (2:01) -- First Steps of Worker Fraud (2:27) -- Who is Responsible? (2:00) -- Workers' Voices Diminished (1:47) -- Timber Trade: Highly Competitive (3:24) -- Corrupt Companies (3:26) -- Workers Left Destitute (2:43) -- Minimal Police Response (2:27) -- Exploitation upon Exploitation (2:11) -- Lack of Sympathy for Laborers? (3:31) -- International Attention to Tree Workers Case (1:50) -- Plight of Exploited Worker (2:01) -- Czech Republic: Lack of Accountability (1:27) -- Prague Police Dodge Truth (1:43) -- Police Refusal to Prosecute (2:08) -- Vietnamese Tree Worker: Epilog (1:44) -- Czech Republic: Soft on Human Trafficking (1:58) -- Credits: The Tree Workers Case: Human Trafficking in the European Union (0:30)
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