Man arrested on suspicion of charging job-finding fees

A man has been arrested on suspicion of acting as an unlicensed gangmaster after allegations that overseas workers were charged ‘fees’ to find them jobs.

Investigators from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), supported by officers from West Mercia Police, arrested the Bulgarian national at an address in Evesham, Worcestershire yesterday [20 March].

The GLAA acted following allegations other Bulgarian nationals were charged £100 each to find them jobs in the food processing industry.

A spokesman for the GLAA said: “Allegations of this nature, especially where vulnerable workers are targeted, are treated extremely seriously by the GLAA.”

The GLAA told Recruiter that the man has since been released pending further investigations.

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