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Revealed: Migrant care workers in Britain charged thousands in illegal recruitment fees

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Care workers recruited from overseas to look after elderly and disabled people in Britain are being charged thousands of pounds in illegal fees and forced to work in exploitative conditions to pay off their debts.An Observer investigation has uncovered a network of agencies supplying workers to care homes and homecare agencies that charge recruitment fees to candidates.By law, agents cannot charge a fee for finding or trying to find a candidate work.

The practice of charging recruitment fees, previously exposed in the UAE and Qatar, is considered a human rights abuse that leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation.But the fees are often disguised as a “processing”, “service” or “admin” charge, with many workers unaware they are illegal.

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