Migrant exploitation raids in West Sussex and Hampshire

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the exploitation of migrant workers at farms in West Sussex and Hampshire.

Police joined investigators from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) during raids at five properties.

Sussex Police said they were trying to dismantle an organised crime operation believed to use migrant workers.

Three men were arrested in Portsmouth, Tangmere and Bognor Regis, with a fourth held in Havant.

'Unlawful supply'

All four are being held on suspicion of fraud and the unlicensed supply of staff.

Officers also visited nurseries in Ferring, Chidham, Walberton, Angmering and Funtington to talk to managers, but no arrests were made.

"Our current enquiry relates to specific allegations about the unlawful supply of labour since July this year," Det Insp Till Sanderson, of Sussex Police, said.

"We are also investigating allegations that exploitation of migrant workers may have been going on for more than two years."

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