Gangmaster & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) officers have arrested a Romanian couple in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of modern slavery and gangmaster offences.
Six workers who had been brought to the UK by the suspects and put to work in a salad processing factory were recovered from their address. The couple – a 30-year-old male and his 32-year-old female partner – were also apprehended at the detached property in Ely.
The victims were all removed to a temporary reception centre where they continue to be supported and assessed as potential victims of human trafficking.
According to figures on Alliance 8.7, a group dedicated to eradicating forced labour, in 2016 16 million people around the world were victims of forced labour exploitation in the private sector, with 18.2% working in construction, 15.1% in manufacturing and 11.3% forced to work in agriculture and fishing.
Tony Byrne, GLAA senior investigating officer, said: “This once again demonstrates the GLAA’s commitment to using our enhanced remit to investigate reported instances of modern slavery while remaining true to our founding principle of protecting vulnerable workers from exploitation.”