GLAA arrest gangmasters in Ely and recover enslaved workers

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority officers have arrested a Romanian couple in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of modern slavery and gangmaster offences.

In a statement, the GLAA revealed the couple were detained at a detached property in the city of Ely yesterday morning in an operation also involving Cambridgeshire Police and the National Crime Agency.

Six workers, who had been brought to the UK by the suspects and put to work in a salad processing factory, were recovered from the same address and moved to a temporary reception centre where they continue to be supported and assessed as potential victims of human trafficking.

The British Red Cross helped by providing welfare support to the alleged victims.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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