Are you planning to work in Spain this summer? If you are, beware of the dangers.
Border Force Officers at Liverpool John Lennon Airport are urging young people to check they have proper contracts of work. Otherwise they could be forced into working long hours for low wages.
They could even fall into debt and be forced into criminal activity like selling drugs.
The main concern is those employed to attract people into bars and clubs in the Spanish tourist hotspot.
Research commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office found that 80 percent of British people imprisoned in Majorca in 2018 were former PR reps.
If you are considering a PR role the advice is:
- Insist on a contract setting out terms and conditions. Under Spanish law if you are working without a contract, you are working illegally
- Keep your passport. Don’t accept offers from others to keep it safe
- Ask to see accommodation before accepting it as part of a job package
- Anyone who is overseas and has their passport taken should first report it to the police. British nationals should then contact the local British Consulate for help and advice to get a replacement. In Spain the contact details are 0034 933 666 200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Border Force operation is supported by modern slavery charity Unseen, who operate the Modern Slavery Helpline. Anyone feeling vulnerable about their work or finances can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline, in confidence, on 08000 121 700.