Severe labour exploitation is widespread across the European Union. While workplace inspections can help counter this phenomenon, they need to be strengthened to do so effectively. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with almost 240 exploited workers active in diverse economic sectors, this report provides important evidence on how unscrupulous employers manipulate and undermine inspections, and on what can be done to counteract such efforts.

In combination with other FRA research focusing on the perspectives of professionals who deal with labour exploitation, it can serve as a powerful resource for policymakers seeking to bolster workers’ protection across the Union.

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