267. Procedural obligation to investigate situations of potential slavery and forced labour.

The state authorities are under a duty to investigate situations of potential slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour1 once a credible allegation of an infringement of Article 42 has come to their attention, by whatever means3. It is not necessary in order to trigger the duty to investigate that there exists a real and immediate risk to an identified individual or individuals or that the authorities receive a complaint from an alleged victim4: once a credible allegation of an infringement of Article 4 has come to the attention of the authorities, there is a duty upon the state