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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.
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.
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.