This week, the Gwent Police Modern Day Slavery Team and partner agencies, including: the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP), Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and Her Majesty's Revenue and Collection (HMRC - National Minimum Wage Team) have been out and about, visiting hand car washes in Gwent checking for labour exploitation.
The team, who were assisted by the Risca Neighbourhood Team, visited: hand car washes in Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Torfaen and Newport.
Detective Sergeant Mandi Venn explains: "Visits have been aimed to improve engagement with workers and have included awareness educational work and safeguarding those working within hand car washes. Information on rights and entitlements for workers in the UK were provided in a variety of languages for all workers.
“With the particularly cold temperatures this week, the team also identified that many workers were working in freezing cold temperatures, washing cars, day in day out. Following the visits, referrals have been made to the Health and Safety Executive and Natural Resource Wales.”
If anyone has concerns about Modern Day Slavery please make us aware either by emailing us: ModernDaySlavery@gwent.pnn.police.uk (or in an emergency ring 999) You can also Direct Message our Facebook and Twitter social media pages. Alternatively, you can contact The Modern Day Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700 or Unseen 0303 040 2888.