United Kindgom: Construction workers still at risk of exploitation, says Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has responded to the publication of the latest report from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, “Operation Cardinas and Beyond: Addressing exploitation risk in the construction sector”.

The report is an examination of the reality of modern slavery and labour exploitation in construction in the UK. Construction has previously been identified as one of the most common sectors for labour exploitation in the UK and the new report flags up that even legitimate businesses can be caught up in criminality without oversight of and close co-operation throughout the supply chain.

The report also provides a useful analysis of one of the UK’s largest investigations into modern slavery, which focussed on an organised crime gang which infiltrated the supply chains of major construction projects across London and the southeast for nearly a decade.

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