Human trafficking and modern slavery
Modern Slavery is closer than you think
Human trafficking is a terrible crime. Victims are often forced or tricked into a situation from which there can appear to be no escape. They can be kidnapped, falsely imprisoned and raped.
If you have concerns that someone is being trafficked, call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you have escaped form traffickers or you think someone’s life is in danger please call 999.
Human trafficking refers to the movement of people through force, fraud or deception with the intention of then exploiting them.
People are trafficked for one of four main reasons:
- Sexual exploitation
- Forced labour
- Domestic servitude
- Domestic servitude
- Organ harvesting
The first two categories are the most widespread in the UK.
Signs to look out for include:
- Heavy security personnel at a location like a factory, farm or construction site
- Barred windows, locked doors or electronic surveillance cameras
- People living and working at the same address
- Workers’ driven in between premises
- People working in cramped and/or overcrowded conditions
- People collected very early and/or returned late
- Signs of malnourishment or looking unkempt
- Inappropriate clothing for the work /lack safety equipment
What is the situation in Northamptonshire?
Modern Day slavery exists in Northamptonshire.
This is complex criminality that has exploitation at its very core.
Modern Slavery It is often hidden in plain sight and you may well have witnessed it without even knowing it.
What is Northamptonshire Police doing to tackle this global issue?
The answer is as complex as the criminality itself. In short we are educating, raising awareness and working towards identifying potential victims and ensuring offenders are brought to justice.
Once suspected cases of modern slavery are identified we work with partners and independent charities to locate, engage with and safeguard victims.
The force’s intelligence team includes a group of dedicated officers who are specifically focused on modern slavery, developing intelligence and supporting planned safeguarding visits to locations where it is suspected to be happening. During these visits, officers, police staff and partners engage with victims on a one-to-one basis to try to build trust and confidence.
Safeguarding visits have led to a number of potential victims being safeguarded and referred to the National Referral Mechanism.
We continue to monitor businesses that attract low paid manual labour, conducting random visits as well as monitoring websites offering adult services.
The number of suspected cases of modern slavery is on the increase. This is a global problem and everybody has a part to play in combatting this issue.
Do you know the signs?
If you are concerned about the welfare of any individual that you can report your concerns via 101.
You can also email the FIB SAFEGUARDING TEAM for support or advice: FIBsafeguarding@northants.pnn.police.uk