Labour exploitation: a victim's story
Labour exploitation is a global problem and international crime, affecting millions of people worldwide, including many victims within the UK. Each year, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) identifies thousands of potential victims of exploitation and works in partnership with other agencies to:
• Prevent worker exploitation
• Protect vulnerable people
• Pursue those who exploit others for their work whether financially, physically and or through coercion and control
At the heart of what the GLAA does is to protect vulnerable and exploited workers through its investigations and partnership work. Victims are safeguarded and given the opportunity to rebuild their lives free from exploitation.
In this episode, journalist Andreea Salvage speaks to a Romanian man we are calling John. John came to the UK in 2014 and briefly worked at a hand car wash in London before he was exploited.
John managed to escape from his exploiters and after going to the police was helped by the City Hearts charity.
You can read more about City Hearts and the crucial work it does here: https://cityhearts.global