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Immigration crime teams get going in West Midlands

Action against foreigners, organizations not playing by rules

17th November 2009: The new immigration crime teams in the West Midlands are cracking down on foreign nationals, who don’t play by the rules. Action is also being initiated against the people and organisations behind them.


Officers from the UK Border Agency and Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) are on the job, carrying out intelligence-led operation.


The UK Border Agency Regional Director Gail Adams says:  ‘Our new immigration crime teams in the West Midlands are cracking down on foreign nationals who don’t play by the rules and the people and organisations behind them.

‘We are committed to identifying victims of trafficking and tackling the criminal networks behind their exploitation. Working closely with our police colleagues, the GLA and other agencies, we will continue to detect, detain and deport the most harmful people.’

Chairman of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority Paul Whitehouse adds: ‘It is often the most vulnerable people in society who are ripped off and exploited. We protect workers and deal with the gangmasters who place profit way above any concern for the degradation and misery they can inflict.

‘The Gangmasters Licensing Authority continues to work closely with our partners in order to bring to account those involved in exploiting workers.’

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