18/07/2019

Officers Committed to Tackling Modern Slavery

Latest figures from the Modern Slavery Helpline show that modern slavery continues to be an ongoing hidden problem. However, more people are reporting to the helpline either via online, telephone and using the free Unseen App.

The helpline's quarterly figures from January to March 2019 show that in comparison to the first quarter of 2018, they saw a 15% increase in the number of calls and a 57% increase in the number of online submissions.

Sgt James Barnes, from Cleveland Police’s Vulnerable Exploited Missing and Trafficked (VEMT) team, said: “We’re committed to tackling modern slavery, which often remains a hidden crime.

“The national modern slavery helpline and the Unseen app are tools which can assist our investigations and allow people to report their concerns.

“This data shows two instances where information from the public has been shared with us so we can explore lines of enquiry. Your information, no matter how small it may seem, could make a huge difference to someone else’s life.

“Sadly modern slavery is happening here but too often it’s not recognised or reported. If you see something at a car wash, nail bar or even a private home which doesn’t seem right, please report it.

“The Unseen app is free and includes some of the signs to spot.”

If you have any concerns about yourself or others being a victim of Modern Slavery you can share them through the free Unseen App or via the online form or telephone helpline.