Event to help firms find out how to prevent labour exploitation

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Businesses are being encouraged to take advantage of an event in the East of England to find out how they can identify and prevent labour exploitation.

Organised by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the regional seminar will take place in Ely from 11am until 1pm on Thursday, June 7.

The event is free to attend and is recommended for anyone involved in a business where there is a risk of labour exploitation.

Since April 2017 when it was granted new police-style powers by government, the GLAA has arrested almost 100 people, identified over 1,140 employees suffering direct abuse and recovered more than £150,000 for workers.

The GLAA has also worked closely with police forces, the National Crime Agency and other government enforcement agencies to target, dismantle and disrupt serious organised crime.

GLAA Interim Chief Executive Roger Bannister, formerly an Assistant Chief Constable at Lincolnshire Police, will lead the session.

He said: “I’m excited to be returning to the East of England for this regional seminar which is one of 11 we are holding across the country over the next few months.

“We know that counties such as Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk have their own unique challenges regarding labour exploitation, especially in the agricultural and food processing sectors.

“Spaces are filling fast for this much-anticipated event so make sure you don’t miss out. Come along and find out how we can all work together to put an end to modern slavery for good.”

The seminar will be held at G’s Fesh, Barway Road, Barway, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 5TZ. For further information or to reserve your place, email [email protected] and specify the names and email addresses of the attendees.