First company found liable for modern slavery

The High Court has found a UK company civilly liable for victims of trafficking for the first time. The case illustrates the need for businesses to take action to ensure that modern slavery is eradicated form their supply chains. In this case, a gangmaster company was ordered to pay compensation to Lithuanian workers who had been trafficked to the UK and severely exploited by the company. The trafficked men were working in supply chains producing premium free range eggs for McDonald’s, Tesco, Asda, M&S and the Sainsbury’s Woodland brand.

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