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Friday, May 17 • 14:45 - 16:00
Unveiling fraud in care for the elderly

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“You might never see your child again… if you call the labour inspection”. What goes on behind the neat façade of a Belgian-Bulgarian elderly care business? A group of young Belgian and Dutch reporters started digging into Seniorcare24, a firm that flies in cash-strapped Bulgarian women to take care of Belgian elderly around the clock. They joined up with senior Bulgarian journalist Stanimir Vaglenov - an expert on crime and corruption – and soon find themselves uncovering a fraudulent scheme of labour exploitation. Their work showed how vulnerable Bulgarian women pay the price for a failing labour law enforcement across Europe.

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Ruben Brugnera

Freelance investigative journalist
Freelance investigative reporter, based in Brussels, Belgium. Expertise in lobbying, regulation of technologies, health, environment, EU, injustice, social exclusion. Has participated in several crossborder investigations. Lecturer in journalistic research at Thomas More Hogeschool... Read More →
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Stanimir Vaglenov

Online Projects Manager, Media Group Bulgaria
Everithing connected with online and data journalism.
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Michaël Merrigan

Michael is a human rights specialist currently working at the Belgian Federal Institute for the protection and promotion of Human Rights in Brussels (FIRM-IFDH). There, he focuses on SLAPP, protection of civic space, whistleblower legislation and issues relating to business & human... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 14:45 - 16:00 BST