Po­lice in crack down on ‘mod­ern day slav­ery’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

HAND car washes were raided in a po­lice op­er­a­tion to tackle ‘mod­ern day slav­ery’.

Of­fi­cers tar­geted 45 hand car washes around Cheshire as part of the week-long crack­down on the ex­ploita­tion of work­ers.

Of­fi­cers from Cheshire Po­lice joined with col­leagues from agen­cies in­clud­ing the Na­tional Crime Agency, HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms, Im­mi­gra­tion and the Gang­mas­ters’ Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity to iden­tify po­ten­tial vic­tims and gather in­tel­li­gence.

Two po­ten­tial vic­tims were iden­ti­fied and taken to safety. De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Gwyn Dodd said: “Mod­ern day slav­ery is a chal­leng­ing is­sue for po­lice and part­ners to deal with as it is very much a hid­den crime.

“Peo­ple are be­ing tricked by or­gan­ised crime groups into com­ing to the UK with a prom­ise of a good job and a bet­ter life.

“The op­er­a­tion fo­cused on labour ex­ploita­tion and has helped us raise aware­ness and un­der­stand bet­ter the true ex­tent of the is­sue.”

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