VIDEO: Commissioner bids to tackle ‘modern slavery’ in Boston

The UK’s first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner visited Boston on Saturday to discuss how to tackle modern slavery in the region.

The Commissioner, Kevin 
Hyland, met with police, community representatives and councillors to discuss what could be done to challenge the problem locally.

Kevin Hyland, Anti-Slavery Commissioner (centre) alongside Matt Warman MP and Paul Broadbent, CEO of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. EMN-150516-155721001

Kevin Hyland, Anti-Slavery Commissioner (centre) alongside Matt Warman MP and Paul Broadbent, CEO of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority. EMN-150516-155721001

Mr Hyland was joined by Matt Warman, the new MP 
for Boston and Skegness, and Paul Broadbent, the chief executive of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Mr Hyland said: “It’s apparent that there may be cases of modern slavery happening here, in the supply chain 
in the food industry.

“The key of everything is the victims, and how we can support the victims and make sure the vulnerability stops and make sure they’re safe.

“Also, very importantly for me, is that we bring to justice those who are committing these crimes.

Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland. EMN-150516-155710001

Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland. EMN-150516-155710001

“We find the perpetrators, we prosecute them, we strip them of their assets, and under the new legislation we give some of those assets to the victims so they can 
rebuild their lives.”

The issue of modern slavery locally, particularly regarding to the migrant 
workforce, has been highlighted recently 
following a report by the Latvian Community of Boston.

As reported last month, the group - also known as ‘Stronger Together’ - conducted a two year survey and found 839 incidents in the Boston area, ranging 
from non-payment for work carried out, to a lack of statutory holiday pay.

Mr Hyland made it clear that he wanted to make help more accessible for victims of exploitation, including those who are trafficked or forced into prostitution.

Matt Warman MP said: “This is one of the personal priorities of the Prime Minister, so I think it’s great that we are having meetings like this locally.

“Hopefully we are going to be in a position to try 
and capitalise on that nationally as well.

The Modern Slavery helpline number is 0800 0121700, or visit
www.modernslavery.co.uk