South Wales Police is committed to protecting vulnerable people and this includes those who have been the victim of, or have the potential to be a victim of, modern slavery.
Slavery in Wales is on the rise. In 2016, there were 123 referrals of potential victims of modern slavery.
What is modern slavery?
Slavery continues today in every country in the world. Women forced into prostitution. People forced to work in agriculture, domestic work and factories. Children in sweatshops producing goods sold globally. Entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts. Girls married off to older men.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that around 21 million people around the world are in slavery. This includes 5.5 million children.
Someone is in slavery if they are:
To find out more about the signs of modern slavery please download our Modern Slavery leaflet
Raising awareness of modern slavery
A21, with the support of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, has recently launched a campaign to help raise awareness of modern slavery including human trafficking called ‘Can you see me?’.
The campaign highlights the prevalence of forced labour and sexual exploitation in the UK, bringing focus to car washes, nail bars and taxis.
The campaign team has developed three key scenario based films to help improve awareness and understanding:
The ‘Caught in Traffick’ film shown below was produced by the Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum (MTBWYF) Cabinet in 2014 in partnership with MAGNET’s Up & Coming Young Reporters Project and Safer Merthyr Tydfil’s CREA8 Project, with the aim of highlighting the issue of internal/domestic human trafficking and child sexual exploitation.
Modern slavery helpline
The modern slavery helpline provides support and information on a 24/7 basis.
Through the Helpline:
Reporting modern slavery
Tackling Modern Slavery in South Wales
The Welsh Government employs an Anti-Slavery Co-ordinator and their role is to make Wales hostile to slavery and to co-ordinate the best possible support for survivors. The post has been in existence since April 2011.
Wales Anti-Slavery Leadership Group
The Group provides strategic leadership for tackling slavery in Wales and co-ordinates collaboration between devolved and non-devolved partners and third sector organisations.
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