United Kingdom: Modern slavery investigation in Eastbourne

TWO men from Romania were found sleeping on the floor of a “filthy” derelict department store.

Sussex Police were made aware of the situation at the former TJ Hughes site in Terminus Road, Eastbourne, by a member of the public.

Concerns had been raised in relation to the building, where a rubbish clearance company from London had been appointed to clear the building of fixtures and fittings.

Police are continuing with an investigation into potential offences of labour exploitation under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and partner agencies are being consulted to help prevent any further such exploitation in relation to the site.

Detective Sergeant Sophie McGarel said “Labour exploitation is a concern in East Sussex, as elsewhere in the country, with reports of poor accommodation and no protective equipment being issued to workers.

The article has been summarised and the original full article can be found at theargus.co.uk

(Photo:  Labour Exploitation)

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