GLAA rescues 10 Romanian workers from potential exploitation

Following the rescue of a Romanian woman from a property in Haverhill Suffolk, who was suspected of being at risk of modern slavery and labour exploitation, a further 10 Romanians have been safeguarded as part of an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

The six men and four women are now receiving professional specialist support. This brings to 17 the number of potential victims of labour exploitation identified so far by the GLAA as part of this single investigation.

GLAA senior investigating officer Jennifer Baines said: “Rescuing vulnerable workers and helping them on the road to finding alternative employment and accommodation so they can begin to rebuild their lives is the most important and rewarding part of our job.

“This investigation has also emphasised how important it is for companies to have thorough safeguarding checks in place, to be fully aware of the signs of exploitation, and to report their concerns to us so we can take swift and decisive action to end any abuse taking place.”

According to the GLAA, investigations are ongoing.

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