Businesses learn about preventing labour abuse
15th May 2018
Officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have visited businesses across South Wales, the West Midlands and the south west of England to help them find out how they can prevent labour exploitation.
GLAA investigators have spoken to employers across the region for the last three weeks as part of engagement activity to raise awareness of modern slavery and labour abuse.
Officers have explained the key role the GLAA plays in protecting vulnerable workers, and outlined the significant new powers given to the authority by government last year.
The engagement work has covered hundreds of miles, extending as far north as Staffordshire in the West Midlands, and down to Devon and Cornwall in the south.
GLAA Director of Operations Ian Waterfield said: “Our engagement activity with employers and businesses means we are better placed to develop intelligence to bring down those unscrupulous labour providers who exploit their workers.
“In the last year, we have arrested almost 100 people, identified over 1,000 employees suffering direct abuse, and recovered more than £150,000 for workers.
“Our officers will continue to be relentless in making sure businesses are aware of their obligations and vulnerable workers get what they deserve.”
Can you spot the signs of modern slavery and labour abuse? Read our helpful guide here.
If you have concerns about labour exploitation, speak to the GLAA’s intelligence team on 0800 432 0804 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.