A new policing team has begun work in Greater Manchester to end modern slavery.
Its main goal will be to increase the number of modern slavery cases throughout the region.
Reports to the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) doubled in one year during 2019/20.
There were 254 modern crimes of slavery in 2018/19. 390 next year.
Modern slavery includes sexual exploitation, forced labor, and the exploitation of vulnerable people for domestic work.
The force’s new modern slavery investigation, which was embedded in the Modern Slavery Unit last month, consists of six staff members and officers.
He will work with divisional officers to investigate modern slavery, secure the “highest evidence” and protect victims.
He will also analyze intelligence to enhance the image of modern slavery and human trafficking throughout Greater Manchester and be part of targeted operations.
Raising awareness of what modern slavery is, and what symbols to look for, is also a top priority for the team, allowing them to help the public identify vulnerable victims of exploitation. ۔
Claire McGuire, chief inspector of the GMP’s Modern Slavery Coordination Unit, said: “Modern slavery is a very cruel and cruel crime, which is unfortunately happening around us in the communities of Greater Manchester.
“The GMP’s priority is to identify vulnerable victims of this crime and ensure that they are given the rights they deserve.
The recent HMICFRS ‘The Hidden Victim’ report highlights GMP as one of the six UK powers that have 75 sub-disciplines to prosecute modern slavery in the CPS, and on modern slavery. They are recognized as a key force in our response to human trafficking.
“The new team will highlight these achievements and help bring to justice those who have benefited from the suffering and exploitation of others, while ensuring a more robust and thorough investigation.
“I hope that our commitment to dealing with these criminals also sends a message to the victims of modern slavery – that we will support you and take all reports seriously.”
Modern slavery comes in many forms.
This includes the movement or recruitment of people using threats, fraud or other means for the purpose of exploitation.
Unfortunately, this is not a problem limited to history or an issue that only exists in some countries. Rather, it is a global issue that is happening at the moment.
There are no special victims of slavery – they can be men, women and children of all ages but they are more common in the most vulnerable, minority or socially excluded groups.
The victims in the UK come from many different countries, including Poland, Hungary, Romania, Vietnam and the UK itself.
Modern slavery is a serious crime that will have serious consequences. Most people close their eyes because of fear or ignorance.
If you suspect someone has been subjected to modern slavery, call the Greater Manchester Police at: www.gmp.police.uk/wouldyou or 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency.
“Modern slavery is a reprehensible crime where the weak are exploited and treated as objects,” said Beau Hughes, deputy mayor of Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire, Greater Manchester.
“We are working hard to prevent modern slavery in Greater Manchester and a new team of experts will step up existing work to prevent these crimes.
He said the investigation team would adopt a victim-oriented approach and protect the victims of these crimes and ensure that the perpetrators were brought to justice.
“The team will also work with partners in the volunteer and community sectors, which will help us better protect our communities and leverage our enforcement powers.”
To report any doubts or seek advice on modern slavery, you can secretly contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.
It is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Always call 999 in an emergency.