GLAA arrests three in Birmingham on suspicion of modern slavery offences

Two Romanian men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery and human trafficking offences.

Following an operation by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) in Birmingham, a GLAA statement reveals their officers, supported by West Midlands Police, made the arrests at an address in the Tyseley area of the city Wednesday morning (22 May).

All three suspects were questioned before being later released under investigation. Two workers were rescued ahead of the operation and accepted into the government's National Referral Mechanism (NRM), a process for ensuring potential victims of modern slavery are given the help and support that they need.

Investigators spoke to workers at the address to check on their welfare and gauge their relationship to the suspects. Evidence was also seized following searches of the property.

It is alleged that the suspects arranged for a number of people to work at a logistics company through an unnamed recruitment agency before controlling their finances.

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