26 potential victims of modern slavery identified in Salisbury

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6:26am 16th May 2018
(Updated 6:34am 16th May 2018)

26 people have been identified as potential victims of modern slavery in Salisbury.

Its after a police operation was carried out across the city on Tuesday ( 15th May).

The Force alongside various partner agencies, visited a number of addresses in Salisbury to check on the welfare of employees who are potential victims of labour exploitation.

Overall, seven addresses were visited, one of which included a business.

Wiltshire Police alongside the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) were acting on intelligence about the possible exploitation of Romanian workers in our city.

Wiltshire Police stress all those identified have been interviewed and their welfare assessed, with everyone declared safe and well.

No arrests were made, but work continues with the city's Romanian community to establish and strengthen strong community links.

Detective Superintendent Jeremy Carter said:

"We are fully committed to tackling modern slavery and protecting the most vulnerable people in society. Following comprehensive intelligence, there was an indication that some addresses were linked to labour exploitation. It can be forgiven to think that because Wiltshire is one of the safest places to live and work in the country that these types of issues don't happen. Sadly, this is not the case and it is important that we educate our communities to spot the signs so they can help us stop modern slavery. "

And DS Carter is urging us to do our bit to help make sure no-one in the Salisbury area becomes a victim of modern slavery.

"I would urge the public to be aware of the potential signs of exploitation and use that information to not only report their concerns, but also to think of the human cost of the services they use so that informed decisions can be made".

That plea has been echoed by the GLAA Director of Operations Ian Waterfield:

"The operation demonstrates our commitment to target those people who believe they can prey on the desperation of vulnerable workers, many of whom may not be able to speak English, for their own ends.

"We will not stop in our efforts to stamp out labour abuse but we need your help. If you suspect something, please don't hesitate to pick up the phone and speak to our intelligence team on 0115 9597052. One call to us can change people's lives forever and bring offenders to justice."

COULD YOU SPOT A VICTIM OF MODERN SLAVERY?

Victims of modern slavery and exploitation aren't always immediately obvious to spot, but there are some signs to look out for:

  • Working long hours 
  • Substance addiction
  • Chaperoned everywhere
  • Lack of possessions 
  • Language barriers
  • Passport held by someone else 
  • Lack of personal protective equipment
  • Lack of access to medical care, or strange injuries
  • Isolation
  • Money deducted from salary 
  • No keys. Can't come and go as they please
  • Malnutrition
  • Psychological trauma
  • Sporadic school attendance
  • Money withheld
  • Ritual abuse/witchcraft

Information from the public is vital in the fight against modern slavery. To report your concerns call us on 101. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 999 straight away.

You can also report anonymously via The National Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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