Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery
As we have discussed this in detail before and the committee were very concerned about it Bill Hodkiss was invited to a meeting (as his job includes Crime, antisocial behaviour, domestic abuse Human trafficking and modern day slavery).
to see if there was anything ChAD or the general public could help with
. He explained the following.
1.It affects every county and everyone should be made aware of it.
- People are promised a new life, house, job etc. and it is all lies.
- Once people are taken by the people who promise everything they then find themselves like virtual prisoners, treated as slaves, used as prostitutes, beaten, living in houses where it is unfit for people to live with far too many people living in the same house/flat/caravan etc.
4, Many may work shifts and have to share beds or floor space, as one person comes home from work the other gets up and goes to work.
- They are tricked and have very little money, most of it goes to the people who are running the trafficking and slavery who get the workers into a lot of debt’
- The workers (who they refer to as horses) are so scared to say anything as many don’t speak the countries language and they and their families are threated.
Bob urged anyone who saw anything unusual to contact them. People should not think that they are wasting anyone’s time, it is important to investigate and check peoples back grounds to make sure people are safe.
He informed everyone that if they have any concerns then the police should be called on 101 or 999
There is also a National Helpline 0800 0121 700
He gave reassurance that people who are found to be living in these conditions are taken to safe places.