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BRUSSELS - Slavery of Care, a Journalismfund.eu-supported project has been nominated for the prestigious Belfius Press Awards, in the category 'Television Press'. The investigation revealed the systemic exploitation of Bulgarian women in the care sector in Belgium and the Netherlands. 

'The Slavery of Care: Bulgarian women working in the West as caregivers' was made possible by our European Cross-border and our Pascal Decroos grant programmes. 

The story focuses on the plight of cash-strapped Bulgarian women who come to Belgium and the Netherlands as posted workers to care for elderly people who want to spend the last months or years of their life in their own home, instead of in a retirement home. The investigation focuses on one of the main players on the market offering such services, Seniorcare24.

The reportage was aired on Belgian television, VTM, in the programme Telefacts. It was a cross-border collaboration between Belgian journalists Ruben Brugnera and Michaël Merrigan, and Bulgarian journalist Stanimir Ivanov Kumurdjiev

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