Three arrested in Newport slavery probe

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences in Newport.

A 37-year-old Latvian man, a 56-year-old Lithuanian man and a 54-year-old Lithuanian woman were arrested in Newport on Wednesday, the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) said.

GLAA investigators were supported by officers from Gwent Police in making the arrests at addresses to the south and east of the city centre.

We started this investigation after concerns were raised to us by a food processing and packaging company about a temporary worker who had been supplied to them. Tackling modern slavery is a priority for us as an organisation and we will not hesitate to act on intelligence indicating that workers are at risk of exploitation.

Andy Davies, Senior investigating officer