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Modern slavery takes many forms, with men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds falling victim to human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude, or debt bondage.
People can be exploited to work for little or no pay in trades such as car washes, food production and the beauty and construction industries.
However, seasonal workers can also be exploited as they support our rural industries and so it’s important that workers know their rights.
Businesses that supply labour to rural businesses are regulated by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) which operates a licensing scheme ensuring a certain set of standards are met for seasonal workers.
This includes ensuring workers are paid the minimum wage, receive a pay slip, work regulated hours, and have sufficient breaks and annual leave.
They also ensure health and safety legislation is complied with and any available accommodation is of a set standard.
Chief Inspector Pete Basham who has been leading this week’s focus on serious and organised crime, said: “Modern slavery is a form of serious and organised crime, with people conned and coerced to work in very poor conditions, often under the threat of violence against themselves or their families.
“We often associate modern slavery with car washes and the construction and beauty industries, however, people working in our rural areas as seasonal workers can also be victims of this type of crime.
“The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority operate a stringent licensing scheme that regulates this industry and it’s vital that businesses that want to employ seasonal workers use agencies that have a licence and comply with its terms.
“If you have concerns that someone is a victim of modern slavery, please report it to us via 101, northants.police.uk or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Potential signs that someone is a victim of modern slavery include:
Details of other agencies that can provide support and advice:
The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority works in partnership to protect vulnerable and exploited workers.
Call 0800 432 0804
Free, confidential reporting line (some mobile providers may charge)
email: [email protected]
Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline - Information and support
Call 08000 121 700 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit - Charity providing legal representation to victims of trafficking and labour exploitation.
Call 020 7700 7311