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Modern slavery week of action in the City

  • The week of activity took place from 19 February to 25 February 2018.
  • A number of construction sites were visited over the week.
  • Officers held a Q&A session with construction workers.

Officers from the City of London Police’s Community Policing team 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 the officers visited five construction sites across the City. In these visits, officers provided material to raise awareness of what constitutes modern slavery.

They also met staff at the sites to ensure they felt confident in reporting any wrongdoing or concerns to police and answered any questions they had about safeguarding.


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.

Earlier this month, the team visited a construction site in St Mary’s Axe, to hold a question and answer session on modern slavery and human trafficking. The surgery helped to highlight the hidden signs of modern slavery and build confidence and relationships with workers, many of which are foreign nationals.


Detective 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 our 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 suspicion to get in touch with us by calling 101 (or 999 in an emergency) or to call Crimestoppers.”

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