Operation targets possible exploitation at Manchester car wash
26th June 2018
Officers from the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) have joined Greater Manchester Police in targeting a car wash in the south of the city suspected of exploiting workers.
Eight workers were interviewed by the GLAA at the car wash on Monday 25 June, with referrals being submitted to the HMRC National Minimum Wage unit.
The joint activity saw the GLAA work with Greater Manchester Police's Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking team, neighbourhood officers and environmental health after intelligence to the Modern Slavery Helpline suggested the possible exploitation of up to 10 workers at the premises.
This was alongside community-led intelligence about other potential criminality at the car wash.
In addition to the possible National Minimum Wage breaches, Greater Manchester Police found suspected stolen car parts, which they are investigating.
No arrests have been made at this stage but the investigation continues.
If you have concerns about the mistreatment of workers or labour exploitation, speak to the GLAA's intelligence team on 0800 432 0804 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.