A Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority investigation was carried into allegations of modern slavery, leading to the arrest of three people, as reported by fginsight.com.
Five warrants were subsequently issued early yesterday morning and the three were arrested in Kent. The arrests were carried out in the Maidstone area by GLAA officers, assisted by police in Kent, on Thursday morning.
Two men, aged 55 and 54, and a 55-year-old woman were arrested. They remain in police custody and are being questioned in connection with modern slavery and unlicensed gangmaster offenses.
Three men from Lithuania, who worked in chicken factories, will be invited to provide statements and also assessed to establish if they are victims of trafficking. The Salvation Army, the Women’s Institute, National Health Service and Maidstone Borough Council will all assist in the operation.
This is the second case of modern slavery in the UK in the past 12 months, with a man sentenced to eight years in prison five months ago, found guilty of trafficking.