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Modern slavery week of action in the City

  • The week of activity took place from 28 January to 01 February 2019.
  • A number of construction sites were visited over the week.
  • Officers engaged with construction workers to raise awareness.

Officers from the City of London Police visited a number of construction sites within the Square Mile last week and spoke to employees about their rights and entitlements, as part of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.
During the week of action the officers visited ten construction sites across the City. During these visits, officers engaged with staff and provided them with leaflets to raise awareness of what constitutes modern slavery, how to spot the signs, and how to get help.

They also undertook safeguarding and welfare checks on the workers there and made sure they felt confident in reporting any wrongdoing or concerns to police.

What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is the term used to define crimes which cover holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude or forced compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them afterwards. Although human trafficking often involves an international cross-border element, it is also possible to be a victim of modern slavery in your own country.
The need for building strong connections with the construction industry was highlighted to be important after it was identified that there were cases nationwide of people being exploited by gangs and put to work on construction sites.

Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels, from the City of London Police, said:
“The City of London Police is working hard to understand the scale of the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking, alongside other law enforcement partners such as the National Crime Agency.
“Whilst we do not believe that there is a significant problem with these issues in the City, we are determined to raise awareness amongst our communities of being able to spot the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking. We urge anyone who has any suspicions to get in touch with us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively people can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

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