The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority have said there are still 100 factories it intends to visit in the coming months as part of its investigation into allegations of modern-day slavery in the city’s textile trade.
The watchdog is leading Operation Tacit, a probe into alleged exploitation in the sector triggered by a raft of newspaper stories last year suggesting workers were being abused, poorly paid and pressed into meeting orders in substandard premises.
As previously reported by LeicestershireLive, officials from Operation Tacit have visited more than 220 garment factories in the city since last August and said, while they found some evidence of workers not being paid the minimum wage, they had so far not discovered anything that met the legal definition of modern-day slavery.
However, the GLLA’s head of enforcement Ian Waterfield has said the probe is far from over and he expected there would be prosecutions for offences, other than modern-day slavery before Operation Tacit ceases at the end of the summer.
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