The UKNFS Chapter of the HANACS has been aware for many months now, through the greatly appreciated contact with HANACS Lead Alan Mercel-Sanca, last year on this very grave matter. We are pleased to provide the two links below, provided by the internationally acclaimed British immigration and human rights journalist, Mr Andy Hall:
1. 27th May 2022 Bureau of Investigative Journalism Investigation: Migrant fruit pickers from Nepal charged thousands in illegal fees to work on UK farms https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/stories/2022-05-27/migrant-fruit-pickers-charged-thousands-in-illegal-fees-to-work-on-uk-farms
2. 27th May 2022 – Guardian Rights and freedom: Migrant fruit pickers charged thousands in illegal fees to work on UK farms, investigation shows. Evidence appears to show illicit payments taken from workers harvesting produce for M&S, Tesco and Waitrose https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/may/27/migrant-fruit-pickers-charged-thousands-in-fees-to-work-on-uk-farms-investigation-shows
The above links are from an email that was addressed to the UKNFS Chapter in conjunction with senior UK Government departments and agencies officials, as well as the British Embassy in Nepal and others. We have provided an initial response supportive to exploited Nepali nationals, and will provide a substantive response later, before/by Friday 3rd June.