Romanian man arrested in Coventry modern slavery probe
|A Romanian man has been arrested by officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) on suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking offences in Coventry.
The 55-year-old suspect is currently in custody being questioned after the GLAA received intelligence indicating that he had been trafficking and exploiting workers.
GLAA investigators were joined by neighbourhood officers from West Midlands Police at an address north of the city centre on the morning of Tuesday 20 November.
Searches of the property were also made by the GLAA, with evidence taken away to be analysed.
The investigation is ongoing to establish if there are any potential modern slavery victims in need of support.
GLAA Senior Investigating Officer Martin Plimmer said: “We would urge anyone who believes someone is the victim of modern slavery and human trafficking to get in touch with us.
“It’s crucially important members of the public know what to look out for. Are significant numbers of people living in the same accommodation? Do they act as if they are being controlled? Do they get collected and driven to their place of work for example? These are just some of the signs which could indicate that people are being exploited.”
Anyone who believes someone is being exploited or has been trafficked for work in the UK should call the GLAA’s intelligence team on 0800 4320804 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Media release issued by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Corporate Communications Team. For more information, call us on 0115 959 7069 or email@example.com.|
|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.