THE Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) visited a number of agricultural sites on the Isle of Wight yesterday (Wednesday).

The GLAA has issued advice to farmers on how to spot the signs of labour exploitation and where to report concerns, providing ongoing support during the coronavirus pandemic.

GLAA senior investigating officer, Jennifer Baines said: “Despite the obvious challenges this awful virus has presented, we remain committed as an organisation to not only be heard by frontline workers during the crisis but also to be seen.

"They are doing an incredibly important job for the country at this difficult time which we recognise and want to help them with.

“We understand the pressures farmers and growers are currently facing in picking and harvesting crops, not only during this pandemic but beyond.

"As the coronavirus crisis subsides, we know that there will be uncertainties around the availability of foreign workers and the booking of future travel.

“In these times, more than ever, it’s vital that you report any concerns or suspicions that you have to us.

"The potential for labour shortages in the near future could create conditions in which exploitation can thrive if we are not alive to the risks.”

Report concerns to the GLAA’s intelligence team by calling 0800 4320804, or contact them by email at