Bringing Light to the Darkness of Human Trafficking

  • Young British 'touts' working in Majorca are at risk of forced labour, report found
  • Some face sexual harassment or abuse and live in squalid, overpriced housing
  • Other promoters have passports seized by bosses in a bid to stop them leaving
  • 80 percent of British prisoners in Majorca are former bar and club promoters

Britons heading to Spain for summer bar work risk becoming victims of 'slavery' with some bosses even seizing passports to stop them leaving, a report has warned.

An undercover report found young nightclub 'touts' face sexual harassment and abuse while trying to make a living through seasonal work on the Spanish holiday island.

British women working as bar and club promoters are often paid low wages with no contract and charged extortionate rents, according to the Foreign Office report.

Some touts, after struggling with mounting debts, have resorted to selling drugs to fund their lifestyles.

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Young Britons heading to Spain for summer bar work risk becoming the victims of 'slavery' with some bosses seizing passports to trap them, a report has warned (file picture)

More than 80 percent of British prisoners on Majorca are former bar and club promoters - convicted of crimes such as drug dealing and robbery, according to the government report. 

Young Britons heading to Spain for summer bar work risk becoming the victims of 'slavery' with some bosses seizing passports to trap them, a report has warned (file picture)

The Balearics - which include Majorca - are among the most popular foreign holiday destinations for British holidaymakers in search of hot weather. Spanish police often have to deal with bad behavior by drunken British and other foreign tourists.

Young British people get into this kind of work thinking it involves 'a few hours where they get a few free drinks, a steady wage and still enjoy the party and go home with a tan and some money,' the government's report said.

'This seems to be far from reality: (these) workers are an exploited and vulnerable group of people,' the report said.

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An undercover report found young nightclub 'touts' face sexual harassment and abuse while trying to make a living through seasonal work on the Spanish holiday island

British women working as promoters on the island face sexual harassment and abuse, while many workers fall into debt and homelessness, and turn to crime to survive, the government said. 

Justine Currell of the anti-trafficking charity Unseen said modern-day slavery was more widespread than the public realised, and warned of the risks facing young people seeking work abroad.

'They could end up in a job they did not foresee, living in sub standard accommodation paying huge rents, being forced to commit crimes such as selling drugs or having their passport confiscated,' Currell told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The government is carrying out a week-long operation at airports across Britain to warn young travelers about how to spot the signs of exploitation in Majorca and report abuses.

'We want to ensure that those contemplating (this) work in Majorca, many of whom are tourists tempted by the idea of an extended stay in the sunshine, do not find their summer turning into a nightmare,' said immigration minister Caroline Nokes.

About 25 million people worldwide are estimated to be trapped in forced labor, according to the U.N. International Labor Organization (ILO) and rights group Walk Free Foundation.

British nationals facing difficulties can contact the Consulate on 0034 933 666 200 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. They can also contact Unseen on 08000 121 700.

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