Labor Trafficking in the U.K. and the Vulnerability of Migrants

Last week, The New York Times published a story on the revelation that over 400 Polish people were trapped in a human trafficking ring in the U.K. It highlights how labor trafficking works and modern day slavery thrives on the vulnerability of people in dire situations.


July 5, 2019

‘Modern Slavery’ Ring in U.K. Ensnared up to 400 Polish People, Authorities Say

LONDON — They lived in desperate straits in Poland, often homeless and suffering from addictions. So when the call came to get free housing and well-paid jobs in Britain, hundreds decided to make the move.

But instead of a better life, the British authorities said on Friday, the immigrants found themselves in the clutches of a human trafficking ring that lured workers to England, starved them, crowded them into squalid housing, forced them to work long hours at menial jobs, stole their wages and paid them as little as £10, or about $12, a week.

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