Date Published: 26 July 2019
Leicestershire Police is today (Wednesday 26 June 2019), launching a campaign tackling Modern Slavery.
Modern Slavery is exploitative behaviour that places one person in control of another. It can affect people of any age, gender or race. However, most commonly, slavery affects people and communities who are vulnerable to being taken advantage of.
It is estimated that at any given time, there are 40.3 million modern slavery victims worldwide, therefore Leicestershire Police is proactively looking to address the issue.
The force campaign focuses on raising awareness around the key signs of Modern Slavery and what to do if you believe you may be a victim or someone you know is.
Long labour hours, chaperoning, lack of personal possessions, malnutrition, and abuse are the main areas identified as part of the #KnowTheSigns tag line, which police hope will alert people to come forward with information surrounding the issue of modern day slavery.
“It is really important that we address Modern Slavery. Unfortunately, there are people out there who take advantage and exploit other people. Modern Slavery is a very broad topic, but can often be seen in three main areas: labour and employment, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We hope that by identifying five, really key signs of Modern Slavery, it will make more people aware of what could be going on around them on a regular basis in day-to-day life. I would absolutely encourage anybody who thinks that they have spotted the common signs that we have identified as part of Modern Slavery, to come forward and bring it to the attention of the Modern Slavery helpline by calling 0800 121 700 or by reporting online."
Detective Superintendent Matt Ditcher, Leicestershire Police
“It is shocking that in 2019 slavery in any form is still flourishing in this country. We must do everything we can to help those who are being forced into a lifestyle of servile misery for the financial benefit of others. We must encourage those affected to seek support and we must ensure that the public know what to look for and how to report it if they suspect anything is wrong.”
“Modern slavery can take a number of different forms, all of which exploit vulnerable people who can’t refuse because of threats, violence, abuse of power or deception. Much of modern slavery isn't visible because it takes place in private homes and businesses. However, there are clear signs we should all be looking out for and no one should be reluctant to come forward if they’re concerned that someone is being exploited.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chair of the Safer Rutland Partnership
For more information on Modern Slavery, visit any of the following websites: