Covid-19 and the threat of modern slavery and exploitation

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) are planning 3 weeks of activity on Project Aidant from 7 September to identify and respond to the impact of Covid-19 and lockdown measures on the threat of modern slavery and exploitation.

Since the outbreak of Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown measures in the UK and globally,the threat of modern slavery and exploitation has dynamically altered and created numerous challenges for law enforcement, local authorities and the third sector to respond and ensure people who would be vulnerable to exploitation and abuse are identified and safeguarded effectively. People working in car washes, nail bars and the hospitality sector have been displaced and many will be seeking to acquire work in other sectors, which may expose them to increased risk of exploitation. As such, this period of activity will focus on Labour Exploitation, particularly the areas of food processing, shellfish and transport routes

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