Modern Slavery in Cornwall – 200 daff pickers rescued, three local men have been arrested

200 workers now under care of Salvation Army?

photo : Mike Searle

Multi-agency response is currently taking place

Police in Cornwall, with support from the Gang Masters Labour Abuse Authority, HMRC, Cornwall Council, The Red Cross and The Salvation Army, are currently undertaking major operation in Cornwall to tackle a case of suspected modern slavery.

Specialist officers executed a warrant at Bosahan Farm, which is a flower picking farm near Manaccan, Helston this morning (Thursday 8 February) on the suspicion that modern slavery offences were taking place against migrant workers.

200 workers were living in 13 caravans. 14 people have been taken off site for further treatment.

Three local men have been arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and are now in police custody awaiting questioning.


The safeguarding of the welfare of approximately 200 workers at these farms are now being managed by Cornwall Council with support from The Salvation Army at a specially created reception centre.

Those affected by this alleged crime are mostly male migrants thought to be from Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria.


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