The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Chinese chef 'forced to sleep in cage' in Amsterdam


THE HAGUE (AFP) - A Chinese chef was forced to sleep in a filthy cage in an Amsterdam restaurant for a year while working in slave-like conditions, Dutch prosecutors said.

The cook was "exploited in the most terrible way", according to court documents seen by AFP on Thursday relating to the ongoing trial of a 52-year-old female Chinese restaurant owner and four other suspects on human trafficking charges.

"The victim was intimidated and had to work under miserable conditions," while being shuttled back-and-forth between Chinese restaurants in Amsterdam and the eastern city of Arnhem.

"The man... was not allowed to visit a doctor and had to sleep in a cage in an Amsterdam restaurant under video surveillance. He spent the last year in this stinking cage, haunted by the memory of a beating he received," prosecutors said.