Over the past decade a team at the University of Hull has undertaken four separate but linked research projects investigating the working and living conditions of migrant workers in the UK. This paper is based on those four studies. The findings are both shocking and depressing. They demonstrate that employment protection for migrant workers in the UK is wholly inadequate, that key industrial sectors, including construction, hotels and hospitality, the care sector and contract cleaning, remain so poorly regulated by enforcement agencies that they are an open invitation to the most exploitative of gangmasters, employment agencies and employers. They stand as an indictment of British government indifference to the exploitation of the migrant workforce.