A conference on modern slavery is taking place today at the Village Hotel in Blackpool.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has staged this event along with its partners Blackpool Council (Blackpool Safeguarding), Lancashire Safeguarding Boards, the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Lancashire Constabulary to help fight this insidious crime.
Modern slavery is happening where you are. It involves the recruitment and movement of individuals using threats, deception and coercion for the purpose of exploitation. It takes many forms but the most common are sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude.
There could be someone close to you who is being exploited, whether that’s sexually or for their labour. These people are vulnerable and need your help.
Victims are generally living in fear, do not fully understand what is happening to them and comply with their abusers in hiding the reality – often due to threats of violence made to them and their families.
If you see it or have a feeling that something isn’t right and points towards modern slavery, then share it.
Our delegates are all fighting #ModernSlavery – If you suspect that someone is being exploited call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and if you think they are in immediate danger call 999 or go to www.lancashire.police.uk/modernslavery