GLAA officers arrest modern slavery suspect

The GLAA (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority) has arrested a man on suspicion of committing acts of forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.

The 37-year-old man Romanian national was arrested in Ipswich, and is currently being questioned in custody. GLAA officers acted after receiving intelligence indicating potential victims were having their finances controlled by the suspect. The offence is alleged to have taken place in the food-processing sector in the East of England.

GLAA investigating officer Michael Waters said: “We will relentlessly pursue anyone we suspect is committing acts of forced or compulsory labour and take all steps necessary to protect vulnerable workers at risk of exploitation.

“I would encourage the public to be aware of some of the more visible signs of exploitation and report any concerns they have to us.”

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