20 modern slavery victims in Cheshire
AUTHORITIES uncovered 20 victims of modern day slavery in Cheshire last year, according to new figures.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that one case in 2016 involved sexual exploitation of a Polish female child.
Out of the 20 victims, eight were investigated by Cheshire Police, with others probed by local authorities, UK Visas and Immigration, Home Office Immigration Enforcement, or BAWSO (Black Association of Women Step Out).
The eight by Cheshire Police were two victims of domestic servitude from Syria and Lithuania, five victims, including two children, of labour exploitation from Romania, Slovakia, Vietnam and the UK, and one child victim of sexual exploitation.
In 2015, eight victims of modern slavery were found in Cheshire, with Cheshire Police investigating one.
Det Chf Insp Simon Blackwell, from the public protection directorate, said: “Cheshire police works closely with partner agencies and statutory bodies including the NCA to address modern day slavery.”
To report any suspected incidents of modern day slavery call 0800 012 1700.