Fourteen victims of modern slavery have been rescued and placed into safety. Officers from Grays Criminal Investigation Department worked in partnership with the British Red Cross, officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GMLAA), Immigration and HMRC executed a warrant in Biggin Lane, Grays.
The warrant was conducted following information gathered by officers over the past few months which suggested forced labour may be taking place.Hmmm, I wonder...?
Following the warrant, 14 victims of modern slavery were identified and taken to a prearranged safe location. No details about their ages have been revealed. All victims were given medical treatment and provided with food and clothing. They have been rehoused by the British Red Cross in a new area.Not taken back to their country of origin, them? Still, the authorities need a big win, after the last debacle:
Migrant flower pickers have been protesting outside a police station after officers "rescued" them from an alleged slave farm.
The crowd of more than 100 workers took to the streets to demand the release of their employer following a police raid on the farm where they had been working.
Three men were arrested on slavery charges following the dawn raid on R H Scrimshaw and Sons' farm in Cornwall.We'll see.