Rabat- The Chinese have come up with a new idea to alleviate the pressure on its overcrowded prisons and correction facilities.
China host one of the largest prison populations in the world with a staggering figure of 1.54 million inmates. This immense “human capital” turned out to be of great benefit for Chinese companies, which decided to use them as laborers in the projects that it develops all over the world. In this regard, Morocco is not an exception.
Alyoum24 website reported on Sunday that a Chinese company in charge of building a section of the highway surrounding the city of Rabat might be using Chinese inmates on the construction site. The inmates are getting paid half the money they are supposed to receive. In exchange their prison terms are reduced.
The same source went on to add that a parliament deputy from the Party of Justice and Development revealed the news while discussing the budget of the Ministry of Justice and Liberties at the Parliament’s Justice and legislation committee.
The deputy said that she was surprised to see that the workers the Chinese developing company uses are in fact prisoners who were brought from China’s prisons to work on the highways project.
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