War on Loan Sharks

BBC Documentary following the work of our partners the Illegal Money Lending Team. If you haven’t seen it yet it is will be available on BBC iPlayer until 9th February.

As households struggle to make ends meet, illegal money lenders are preying on the vulnerable by encouraging them to take out unlicensed loans, charging huge interest rates and then using extreme levels of violence, intimidation and shame to make them pay.

This programme hears from the victims who are still living with the terrifying consequences of their borrowing and meets some who are fighting back. While business is booming for the loan sharks, the work of the Illegal Money Lending Team has never been more urgent. We follow this small but dedicated team from the moment a call comes into the hotline, through intelligence gathering, dawn raids, arrests and convictions in their battle to stop loan sharks in their tracks.