Two people arrested over salad factory slavery probe

A Romanian couple have been arrested in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of modern slavery and gangmaster offences at a salad factory.

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) officers arrested a 30-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman at a detached property in the city of Ely on Monday (5 February).

Six workers had been brought to the UK by the pair and put to work in a salad processing factory. They were recovered from the same address and taken to a temporary reception centre.

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They will be assessed and supported as potential victims of human trafficking. The British Red Cross is providing welfare support.

Tony Byrne, GLAA senior investigating officer, said: “This once again demonstrates the GLAA’s commitment to using our enhanced remit to investigate reported instances of modern slavery while remaining true to our founding principle of protecting vulnerable workers from exploitation.”

The GLAA is being assisted on this operation by Cambridgeshire police and the National Crime Agency.

Enquiries are continuing.

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