Seasonal worker and father of six Silas Aru called it “slavery.”
Federal Circuit Court Justice Michael Jarratt struggled to imagine a “more egregious” case of worker exploitation.
For six months, Aru, 53, picked fruit at farms dotted across Queensland as part of a federal government low-skilled Seasonal Worker Program. He was paid less than $150 in total.
Some days, he ate no food, save for some of the tomatoes he picked.