UK: post-Brexit immigration rules could fuel modern slavery

Author: Lisa O’Carroll, the Guardian, Published on: 21 February 2020

“The proposed closure of UK borders to low-skilled workers after Brexit risks driving vulnerable EU citizens into modern slavery, charities have said.”

“…it will harm EU citizens already in the country who may not know their legal rights post-Brexit and others lured by a glut of cash-in-hand jobs in restaurants, offices, farms and construction sites, who will risk being brought into the country by traffickers.”

“They warned the ban will lead to a boom in a black market for low-paid workers that will be exploited by criminals and lead to coercion and abuse.”

“Emily Kenway, a senior policy adviser at Focus on Labour Exploitation, said: “If you take away the legal routes, people are just going to fall into the hands of traffickers.”

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