Restrictions on the free movement of workers around the E.U. have significantly increased the likelihood of exploitation in the U.K., according to The Guardian. One care sector watchdog group is warning that cases of modern slavery have seen a tenfold increase over the last three years.
Modern slavery a growing “trend” in care sector
Post-Brexit, restrictions were put in place that severely limit the movement of workers from the E.U. into the U.K. The restrictions also tie a worker’s visa to their employer, thus creating a situation ripe for abuse. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) recently told MPs the current situation has contributed to modern slavery becoming “a feature” of the care sector.
James Bullion, chief inspector of adult social care and integrated care said:
“(Modern slavery) is a trend and it is a feature of the markets now. A few years ago, we would have had a market based on more free movement from Europe.