Hidden crime happening in plain sight

Hidden crime happening in plain sight

Friday, October 18, is Anti-Slavery Day

It may shock you that slavery is still widely prevalent in our society and could be taking place right under your nose, in your street or neighbourhood.

This hidden crime is happening across the UK in places that many of us use, such as nail bars, restaurants and car washes.

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In Thames Valley, five modern slavery crimes are reported every week, and many more go un-reported.

Would you know what signs to look out for?

Signs of slavery in the UK and elsewhere are often hidden, making it even harder to recognise victims around us. Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership aims to help people understand the issue and equip them to do something about it.

Free training is available to frontline staff by the Willow Project and Thames Valley Partneship. It will help you to understand the risks, become aware of signs and understand the referral process.

Book online here.

You can also check out common signs by this booklet or on the Modern Slavery Helpline website.

The Modern Slavery Helpline is a national helpline for victims or anyone who wishes to report a suspected case. The number is free and all calls are treated confidentially: 08000 121 700.

Support in Bucks 

Across Buckinghamshire, the Victims First Willow Project provides prevention work, crisis intervention and ongoing support to victims of modern slavery and their families.  Funded by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, the charity offers both practical and emotional support on any issues that are important to the victim. This could range from help with housing, benefits, education & employment and assistance through court processes, to advocacy at meetings, hospital visits and arranging food/clothes parcels.

To get in touch with Victims First Willow Project, call: 01844 487987 or 0300 1234 148.


Published: 18 October 2019