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.

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