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Protecting human trafficking victims in Fenland

Police in Norfolk

Published by Chris Craddock
10:40am 11th January 2019. (Updated at 10:49am 11th January 2019)

Police have been given more powers to protect of victims of human trafficking in Fenland.

Officers were called out to a car wash last year over concerns for staff.

No one working there had a contract or had paid any national insurance.

Some were even living there with no electricity.

 

fenland police vans

 

Staff can now only work there:

- They have the right to work in the UK
- They have a valid contract of employment, made available for inspection at all times
- They have a valid national insurance number and receive a payslip showing hours worked and details of payment paid
- They are provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), have received training applicable to their role and have received safety training. Training records must be kept up to date and available for inspection at all times

 

Management at the car wash are prevented from:

- Paying staff below the minimum wage
- Owning, managing or supervising premises where people identified as working at those premises sleep overnight (beginning from 15 January)
- Withholding names and contact details of people owning, managing or otherwise in control of the car wash
- Funding transport of people to and from the UK, and to and from the location where they work

Breaching the order is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

 

fenland police van in wisbech

 

DI Dave Murphy said:

"This is the first time the force has secured an Interim Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order from the courts, and doing so is another positive step towards tackling human trafficking and modern day slavery.

"The conditions of the Interim Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order ensure that unscrupulous employers toe the line and treat their staff correctly and fairly.

"The order also ensures that all staff members are afforded the same pay and conditions as is expected for everyone in the UK.

"We would strongly urge anyone who suspects acts of human trafficking to report any information that could lead to the identification, discovery and recovery of victims in the UK."

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