PCC supports week of action targeting modern slavery in Suffolk

One person was arrested in a week of action targeting those involved in trafficking and exploitation in Suffolk.
Speaking after the operation Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner said,
“I am very pleased to see Suffolk Constabulary working closely with the NCA and other partners in this week of action to target human trafficking.”
“Human trafficking is a terrible, terrible crime with vulnerable individuals being forced into the most horrendous situations and we need to do all we can to identify these heartless criminals.”
“It is equally important that victims feel confident to come forward and I hope this focus on this appalling crime will encourage people to speak to someone for help.” Officers across the county took part in the UK-wide operation co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC).
Codenamed Operation Hornsman, the week of action, from Monday 30 May 2016, was aimed at targeting the criminal networks and individuals behind trafficking and exploitation, as well as protecting and safeguarding potential victims.
Officers carried out a number of visits to businesses across Suffolk to identify potential victims of trafficking and forced labour. One man was found to be in the country unlawfully and was detained for immigration offences.
Officers regularly work with partner agencies, including HM Revenue and Customs, Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service, the Health and Safety Executive, charities and local authorities.
Human Trafficking Co-ordinator for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies, Mark English said
“It is vital that Suffolk Constabulary works together with our partners and outside organisations to identify and support victims of modern slavery and I will continue to meet with groups and organisations over the coming months to raise awareness about human trafficking and forced labour.
“We all have a role to play in helping these individuals who are being exploited by organised criminals and it is important people understand what modern slavery is, how to recognise the signs and then how to report it.
“The week of action serves as a warning that Suffolk Constabulary is committed to targeting those criminal networks involved in forced labour and trafficking and we will prosecute those found exploiting vulnerable people.
“Very often the victims live in fear and are too frightened or unwilling to come forward but this has to stop. Victims need to know they have the support of Suffolk Constabulary and our partner agencies, and by working together we can help free them of this atrocious crime.”
If you suspect that modern slavery is taking place please contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101.
If you have information but would like to remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.