In 2022, revisions to the UK government's labour shortage list worsened issues in the care sector, leading to heightened recruitment of overseas workers and an increase in labour abuse and exploitation. The charity Unseen noted a sixfold surge in care workers seeking assistance, with over 700 victims nationwide. The MET police recorded 120 cases, with London having the highest potential victim count. Staff becomes more vulnerable to exploitation when their sponsorship licenses are revoked. Appeals for government support, including bridging visas and job assistance, have been voiced. While the home office denounces false job offerings, survivors argue that the modern slavery scheme lacks effective enforcement, leaving them victimized twice.
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