10 Feb 2023

50 Indian Students Suspected To Have Been Forced Into Slavery In UK; Indian Mission Reaches Out To Them

New Delhi: Over 50 Indian students may have become victims of modern slavery while working at care homes in North Wales in UK.The Indian high commission in London on Friday urged the students to contact the mission for assistance and counselling amid such apprehensions.
Five people -- Mathew Issac, 32, Jinu Cherian, 30, Eldhose Cherian, 25, Eldhose Kuriachan, 25, and Jacob Liju, 47 -- are suspected of recruiting and exploiting vulnerable Indian students working in care homes across North Wales and have been handed a Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order (STRO).

Court order against 5 for labour abuse

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), a UK government intelligence and investigative agency for labour exploitation, said earlier this week that it had succeeded in getting a court order against five individuals for labour abuse.
The GLAA said it has identified over 50 Indian students as being potential victims of modern slavery and labour abuse over the last 14 months in relation to the case.

High Commission asks students to contact it

We were concerned to read this news. Indian students who have suffered this, please contact us at, and we will provide help/counselling. We assure you of confidentiality in our response,” the high commission tweeted.

Slavery a serious crime under UK law

Under UK and international law, modern slavery is seen as a serious crime where victims are exploited, controlled or held captive, and threatened or punished to stop them from escaping or reporting the crime.
According to British police, modern slavery includes human trafficking when victims are taken between countries or around a country so they can be exploited.

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