88 days: backpacker death raises questions about Australia’s visa requirements
In November last year a Belgian backpacker, Olivier Caramin, known to his friends as Max, died while picking pumpkins on a farm at Ayr in Queensland. He was 27 and had been working on the farm for just four days.
Max was one of thousands of backpackers who come to Australia on working holiday visas. To get a second year they must do 88 days of farm work. Some leave it to the end of their first year, which makes them particularly vulnerable to exploitation.
But how does what happened to Max occur in a country like Australia?
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