You don’t associate flowers with slavery, but shockingly that may well turn out to be the case here in Cornwall.
The Police in Cornwall, with support from the Gang Masters Labour Abuse Authority, HMRC, Cornwall Council and The Salvation Army, are currently undertaking a major operation in Cornwall to tackle a case of suspected modern slavery.
Specialist officers executed a warrant at Bosahan Farm, which is a flower picking farm near Manaccan, Helston this morning (Thursday 8 February) on the suspicion that modern slavery offences were taking place against migrant workers.
Three local men have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and are now in police custody awaiting questioning.
The safeguarding of the welfare of approximately 200 workers at these farms is now being managed by Cornwall Council with support from The Salvation Army at a specially created reception centre.
Those affected by this alleged crime are mostly male migrants thought to be from Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.
Please visit the Home Office modern slavery website if you wish to know how to spot the signs of modern slavery and, if you have the slightest suspicion that there is a crime happening in your area, contact:
- the national modern slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700
- Non-emergency 101, 67101 sms/text number for the deaf/hard hearing/speech impaired 18001 101 Minicom/Textphone
- Non-emergency email: 101 (or 999 if someone is in imminent danger)
- or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.