Police in Nigeria have rescued 300 people they say were locked in a rice-processing factory and forced to work throughout a coronavirus lockdown.
Workers say they were asked to double their hours in February as their employers wanted to stockpile in preparation for a shutdown. From the end of March, the men were allegedly not allowed to leave the Popular Farms mill.
The workers were promised an additional 13 dollars a month on top of their 72-dollar monthly salary. Those who did not accept were threatened with losing their jobs.
Five managers at the Indian-owned mill have been arrested.
Police said the plant had now been shut down and the owners were being investigated for “holding the men against their will.”
Some of the men say were forced to work most of the time during their incarceration, with little food.
The police were tipped off about the men’s plight after one of them called a human rights organization.