Government launch first nationwide campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery in UK

Recent campaign launched by the Home Office intends to promote awareness to the public of slavery and encourage how to identify signs of slavery happening.

Slavery is happening in the UK - Home Office launch campaign to increase awareness

Slavery is happening in the UK – Home Office launch campaign to increase awareness

The two-month campaign is aimed to encourage modern-day slaves to come forward to seek help from the government, and furthermore show the general public how to report suspected slave drivers.

Up until now countries such as Albania, Nigeria, Romania and Vietnam are the most common countries known for slave trafficking, with over 1700 reports of potential victims being trafficked in the UK according to Government launched process, National Referral Mechanism.

In November 2013 three women were rescued from a household address after one of the victims had reported that she had been kept in a house against her will for over 30 years.

During the investigation, Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland of the Met police human trafficking unit said that a documentary on forced marriages linked to work by Freedom Charity “was the catalyst that prompted one of the victims to call for help and led to their rescue”.

The advert shows the various faces of Britain with examples of the types of slavery that can be occurring anywhere at any time. Scenes of victims forced into prostitution, domestic servitude and agricultural slave labour are followed with the quote “Slavery is closer than you think”.

The Modern Slavery Bill was introduced in the House of Commons on 10 June 2014. The bill would provide law enforcement with stronger tools to stamp out modern slavery, ensure slave drivers can receive suitably severe punishments and increase protection of and support for victims.

Check out the Government website for more info

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