Four gangmasters arrested in Wales

Yuou Chen


Courtesy image: the Telegraph

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) carries out inspections of Gangmasters licence holders, in which four people have been arrested because of unfair exploitation of workers. Inspections were backed by North Wales Police.

Those arrested are being questioned at Wrexham police station about gangmaster licensing offences.

GLA aims to improve health and safety standards and prevent the exploitation of workers in agriculture, forestry, horticultural and shellfish industries.

A GLA spokeman said: “Under Gangmasters licensing legislation, it is a criminal offence to operate without a licence or to have false or improperly obtained documents.”

“If workers feel they are being unfairly treated or exploited by a gangmaster, they cab report their concerns anonymously to the GLA by calling the Crimestoppers”, he said.

Alternatively, people can inform the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

According to the SOCA, the UK has a National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a process to identify individuals who may be victims of trafficking, and provide appropriate protection and support.

Intelligence received by UK Human Trafficking Centre, NRM data and information received by reporting agencies, indicates there were over 2000 potential victims of human trafficking encountered in 2011. Around half of which were referred into the NRM.

In 2012 the UK National Referral Mechanism (NRM) received 34 referrals of potential victims of trafficking from first responder organisations based in Wales; this represents a 48% increase on 2011 referral totals and 3% of all UK referrals to the NRM.

The NRM was introduced in 2009 to meet the UK’s obligations under the Council of European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

The Salvation Army also has a long history of working with people who find themselves the victims of trafficking. The Salvation Army’s anti-human trafficking work takes place on an international scale.

In England and Wales, the Salvation Army took responsibility for delivering the UK government’s contract to manage support services for adult victims of Human Trafficking.

The specialist support programme is designed to preserve the dignity of victims, protect and care for them in safe accommodation, and provides access to confidential client-based support services.


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