India is among the top 10 victim nationalities identified as being at risk of exploitation, with numbers more than doubling since 2015, when the UK’s Modern Slavery Act came into force.
Vietnam is at the highest risk, followed by nationals from Romania, Poland, China, Sudan and then India, the new report by the UK’s Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) found.
“GLAA intelligence shows that, where known, Indian workers are most commonly found in the hotel and restaurant sector. Open source reporting also shows that India is ranked a ‘severe risk’ source country from which modern day slaves enter the UK,” the report notes.
The study titled ‘The Nature and Scale of Labour Exploitation Across All Sectors Within the United Kingdom’ narrowed down high-risk sectors for mistreatment of labourers, ranging from wages theft to slavery.
Construction, recycling, nail bars and car washes were among the top sectors, followed by agriculture, food packing, fishing, shellfish gathering, warehouse and distribution, garment manufacturing, taxi driving, retail, domestic work, and social care.
Source: New Indian Express