GLAA dawn raid nabs suspected gangmaster in South Wales

A man has been arrested on suspicion of labour exploitation offences after an investigation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in South Wales.

In a statement released by the GLAA this morning, the authority revealed its investigators were joined by officers from Gwent Police in carrying out a dawn raid at an address east of Newport city centre this morning [9 October].

The suspect, a Latvian national, is being questioned following intelligence that he was acting as an unlicensed gangmaster in the fresh food packaging and processing sector, contrary to Section 12 of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004.

Officers also searched the property to seize evidence relevant to the investigation.

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