18th October 2017
Modern Slavery is closer than you think
Wednesday 18 of October marks Anti-Slavery Day.
From July 2016 to June 2017 Sussex Police made 55 referrals identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery. Nine of these were from East Sussex, 13 from Brighton & Hove and 33 from West Sussex.
Modern slavery is a complex crime, with victims and perpetrators moving across local authority boundaries so a Pan Sussex Modern Slavery Network has been established to bring together organisations committed to tackling modern slavery.
Victims of trafficking and forced labour may be reluctant to tell their story through fear of reprisal or not being believed, through a feeling of shame about letting themselves be treated in this way, or because they do not know their rights and the treatment they are entitled to receive.
There are no set number of signs that will indicate that a person is a victim of trafficking or subject to forced labour. One or a combination of factors could suggest a person is a potential victim, so each case should be considered on an individual basis.
Watch the Modern Slavery campaign short film Modern Slavery is closer than you think to find out more or download the Safer East Sussex Team’s Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking Communications Resource pack – this provides information available freely to share and distribute within your own organisations and with the wider public to continue raising awareness of this crime.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be being abused, or exploited, please say something. Everyone is responsible for preventing abuse and Modern Slavery is abuse – it really is ‘Everyone’s Business’.
For further advice contact the Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700.