MP Barclay and Cambs Insp Sissons to meet Lithuanian ambassador to discuss exploitation of migrant workers
10:50 07 June 2014
North East Cambs MP Steve Barclay is stepping up his campaign to stop Lithuanian migrants travelling to the Fens being lied to about work and accommodation.
He is chairing a meeting on Monday at the Lithuanian Embassy in London which will be attended by Cambs Police Chief Inspector Robin Sissons and the Lithuanian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė.
Mr Barclay and Mr Sissons will update the ambassador on the progress of Operation Pheasant, a multi-agency task force crackdown on the exploitation of migrant workers.
They will also discuss how the Lithuanian Embassy can work with the Police and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority to continue to battle migrant abuse.
Police forces across the country have visited the Operation Pheasant team, building on their success as a model for battling anti-social behaviour and abuses against migrants.
Mr Barclay said: ‘There is a real issue of ongoing false information in adverts in Lithuania, misleading people to come to the Fens on a promise of a job and accommodation, when the recruitment agencies concerned have already been closed by the GLA or don’t exist.
“It is important we prevent migrants coming to the Fens with false expectations in the first place, rather than simply dealing with the resulting social consequences.
“We are taking a number of measures to tackle anti-social behaviour linked to migration in the Fens, such as the additional funding procured for enforcement against rogue landlords responsible for squalid housing and to ensure that the Wisbech night shelter remains open.
“I am keen to work with Ambassador Asta Skaisgirytė Liauškienė to ensure that Lithuanian nationals are protected from illegal gangmasters praying on the vulnerable and that the wider local community is protected from the consequences of that, which has manifested itself in street drinking and anti-social behaviour.”