Anti-Slavery Day is about raising awareness of the signs of modern slavery and Thames Valley Police are keen to play our part in supporting this message.
Tackling modern slavery remains a key area of focus for Thames Valley Police but we do recognise that it cannot be eradicated by police action alone. Combating modern slavery requires the participation of a number of agencies and we are proud to work with our external partners in co-ordinating our response to this very serious crime.
The public’s information can be invaluable in disrupting the activity of those who keep others in servitude.
- Does it look like people are living and working at the same address?
- Are the ‘workers’ driven in between premises?
- Victims are often forced to live in cramped and/or overcrowded conditions
- They are collected very early and/or returned late at night on a regular basis
- They may have inappropriate clothing for the work they are performing, and/or a lack of safety equipment
- Victims physical appearance may show signs of injury, malnourishment, and their general appearance may be unkempt
- They may be isolated from the local community and/or appear to be under the control or influence of others
It is a crime that could be closer than you think. Members of the public can report any concerns they may have via our 101 contact number, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
DCI Geoff Robinson, who leads on Modern Slavery for the Force said: “Modern Slavery is a vile offence, often committed by bullies or those driven by financial greed against the most vulnerable members of our communities. At its worst, it can result in the death of those trafficked or enslaved, but for most, it’s just a life of endless misery, so I’d welcome any information that the public are able to provide to tackle this offence.
“Often the victims are hidden in plain sight. Slavery does not necessarily mean being physically confined or restrained.
“We will be raising awareness on Anti-Slavery Day via our Thames Valley Police social media accounts, and would encourage people to support this campaign by sharing the signs and calling us with any information.”