GLAA: Two arrests after modern slavery operation in Oldham
A man and woman have been arrested following a modern slavery operation in Oldham, with seven people moved to safety.
Investigators from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) were supported by Greater Manchester Police officers and the Department for Work and Pensions in the operation at an address south of the town centre on the morning of Thursday 7 February.
Seven people, who are all Romanian nationals, have been removed from the property and are now receiving support.
A 48-year-old Romanian man and 50-year-old woman, also Romanian, have been arrested by the GLAA on suspicion of modern slavery offences. Both are currently in custody being questioned.
Officers acted after receiving reports that a number of people were being controlled and exploited at the address.
GLAA Senior Investigating Officer Martin Plimmer said: “Our number one priority is to ensure that vulnerable and exploited workers are protected at the earliest opportunity so reports of this nature are treated with the utmost importance.
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Notes to editors
1. The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) has police-style powers to investigate labour market offences in England and Wales.
2. Formed in May 2017, the authority tackles offences under the Modern Slavery Act, the National Minimum Wage and Employments Agencies Acts, as well as the existing Gangmasters Licensing legislation.
3. The GLAA is the foremost investigative agency for labour exploitation and modern slavery in the UK.
4. The authority also licences companies that supply labour (gangmasters) for agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering as well as all associated processing and packaging.
5. Its main strategic priorities are to prevent worker exploitation, protect vulnerable people and tackle unlicensed and criminal activity.