20 mod­ern slav­ery vic­tims in Cheshire

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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