We should all look out for slav­ery signs

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS -

RE­CENT head­lines have raised aware­ness that mod­ern slav­ery and hu­man traf­fick­ing in the UK is much more preva­lent than pre­vi­ously thought.

It is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that traf­fick­ers do not care how young their vic­tims are and that traf­ficked chil­dren are some of the most vul­ner­a­ble in this coun­try.

They are of­ten moved away from their fam­ily and friends, only to be ex­ploited for some­one else’s gain.

Barnardo’s has pro­vided sup­port to chil­dren of all ages who have been traf­ficked.

They might have been sex­u­ally abused, used as cheap labour or do­mes­tic ser­vants or forced to com­mit crimes.

It is vi­tal that pro­fes­sion­als can spot the signs of traf­fick­ing and keep chil­dren safe.

And we would echo the Na­tional Crime Agency and ask that mem­bers of the public look out for signs of slav­ery in­clud­ing vis­i­ble in­juries, a dis­tressed ap­pear­ance and any in­di­ca­tion that some­one is be­ing con­trolled by another per­son. Hugh Sher­riffe, Direc­tor of Barnardo’s Mid­lands and South West

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