01/12/2017

PCC and Force Mark International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Tomorrow (Saturday 2nd December) marks International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

This important date provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the atrocities of Modern Slavery, promote how incidents of Modern Slavery can be reported and outline ways that the UK government and authorities are tackling this issue.

Cleveland Police and Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger treat modern slavery and trafficking as a priority; the PCC is establishing a new anti-slavery network in Cleveland.

The Anti-Slavery Network, to launch in 2018, will see the force and partner agencies work together to eradicate modern slavery in all its forms.

PCC Barry Coppinger said: “I wholeheartedly support any measure to raise awareness of modern slavery.  My Anti-Slavery Network will help police and colleagues in other organisations prevent, identify, disrupt and eradicate slavery in Cleveland.”

Chief Constable Iain Spittal added: “Officers from our VEMT Team (vulnerable, exploited, missing or trafficked) work tirelessly to identify potential victims and help safeguard them however tackling slavery is an issue for the community as a whole.

“There are a number of ways to report slavery and I would always urge anyone who feels something is just not quite right to get in touch - either with police or with the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.”

 

For more information go to http://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org