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Many migrant workers in UK are modern-day slaves, say investigators

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Many migrant workers in UK are modern-day slaves, say investigators

Channel 4’s Dispatches says thousands of workers endure sexual, physical and psychological abuse from employers

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The Channel 4 investigation says many migrant workers work up to 20 hours a day for little or no pay. Photograph: Don McPhee

Thousands of foreign domestic workers are living as slaves in Britain, being abused sexually, physically and psychologically by employers, according to an investigation to be screened tonight.

More than 15,000 migrant workers come to Britain every year to earn money to send back to their families. But according to a Channel 4 Dispatches investigation, many endure conditions that campaigners say amount to modern-day slavery.

Kalayaan, a charity based in west London that helps and advises migrant domestic workers, registers around 350 new workers each year.

About 20% report being physically abused or assaulted, including being burnt with irons, threatened with knives, and having boiling water thrown at them.

“Two-thirds of the domestic workers we see report being psychologically abused,” said Jenny Moss, a community advocate for the charity. “That means they’ve been threatened and humiliated, shouted at constantly and called dog, donkey, stupid, illiterate.”

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