Hope for Justice has created a new team to join the fight against Modern Slavery in Lancashire and North-West England.
Modern Slavery is when people are forced to work against their will through force or threat of force, or other types of physical, financial or psychological control. Modern Slavery takes many forms but some of the most common are sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and forced labour.
Victims are forced to work in various settings such as brothels, cannabis farms, nail bars, car washes, agriculture and even within people’s homes. It's a problem that affects all ages, genders, ethnicities and affects people from Britain and abroad.
Hope for Justice will work closely and collaboratively with a number of key partners who are already carrying out fantastic work in the area, including the Force, the Pan-Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership, local authorities and other NGOs.
Hope for Justice is an internationally renowned global anti-slavery charity which has been identifying and supporting victims of Modern Slavery for many years all over the world.
The Hope for Justice team is supporting several Modern Slavery survivors across the county, helping with:
- Meet with victims of Modern Slavery and/or Human Trafficking to offer independent guidance on their situation, and if necessary, explain their options including entering the National Referral Mechanism or alternatives
- Give potential victims the option to disclose to an independent organisation, and facilitate their engagement with the police should they choose to report
- Use their cultural and language skills and a trauma-informed approach to build trust and engagement over time
- Offer support and signposting with any other needs identified
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How can you help?
You can help us tackle this crime by knowing the signs that a person could be a victim of Modern Slavery. A person who is a victim may:
- Be collected or dropped off to work at very unusual times to avoid being seen by members of the public
- Often look injured/bruised, malnourished and generally poorly cared for
- Wear the same clothes every day and these could be dirty and unsuitable for the weather or their work
- Have little or no belongings
- Be unable to prove their identity as they have had their passports and ID taken from them to stop them having freedom to leave and work elsewhere
- Avoid eye contact and are reluctant to talk to strangers
To report your concerns that a person may be a victim of Modern Slavery, you can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers will then pass this information to the relevant police Force.
If you fear a person is in immediate danger, please dial 999.