Friday links: New insights from the GLAA and children in care homes at risk

On Fridays we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we share the article, or sign up to our monthly newsletter

Slaves working in UK construction and car washes, report finds

About a year ago the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority were given expanded powers to investigate labour exploitation in all labour markets in the UK. This week they released a 'problem profile' of labour exploitation in the UK, detailing where they have found it to be particularly prevalent - construction and hand car washes - and the most common nationalities they come across. We have developed training with the GLAA which you can find out more about here

It’s not until now that we’ve had the ability to look, but it’s a case of the more you look, the more you find
— Ian Waterfield, GLAA operations director

Children in UK care homes vulnerable to traffickers

in 2017 3,700 children were taken into care far away from home. Ann Coffey, a Labour MP who chairs a parliamentary group on runaway and missing children said this practice leads to children being isolated from their support networks and makes them more vulnerable to dangers like human trafficking. Spokespeople from children and trafficking charities ECPAT UK, Anti-Slavery International and the NSPCC echoed her concerns, pointing out that the numbers of British children referred as victims of modern slavery more than doubled in 2017. 

Taking children far away from their home area – far from their support networks – can leave them in an isolated and vulnerable position.
— Chloe Setter, ECPAT UK.

UK must shame firms that fail to tackle worker abuse and slavery

Tougher consequences like heavy fines and prosecutions are needed to shame businesses into protecting workers rights and taking responsibility for their workers according to David Metcalf, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement. His role, which was created as part of a crackdown on labour exploitation, is to oversee government agencies that enforce employment rights. 

Failure to correct the infringements within a given timeframe ... could result in public naming of both the brand name and supplier.
— David Metcalf, Director of Labour Market Enforcement

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