Stamping out modern slavery - a week of police action in Cambridgeshire
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Modern slavery is being targeted by Cambridgeshire Police who are taking part in a national week of action to stamp it out in the county.
Officers will be visiting houses of multiple occupancy and holding awareness raising events with partner agencies.
The week, which also aims to combat sexual exploitation, coincides with Anti-Slavery Day on Tuesday October 18.
The most common forms of modern slavery are forced labour, sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and criminal exploitation.
Detective Chief Inspector Rebecca Tipping, force tactical lead for modern slavery, said: “This week of action compliments the work carried out on a daily basis by officers across the county to tackle modern slavery.
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“Effective partnership working is key to us combatting modern slavery and I’d like to thank everyone involved in the work that is being carried out.
“We urge anyone who has concerns that someone may be a victim of modern slavery to contact us as a matter of urgency. Even if you feel the information is insignificant it may form part of a bigger picture that helps us protect vulnerable people and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
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Raising public awareness of modern slavery and the signs to look out for will also play a key role in the campaign.
Signs include people appearing malnourished, showing signs of physical abuse, not being free come and go as they please, appearing anxious or having few or no personal possessions.
Anyone with information concerning modern slavery should contact police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
For more information on modern slavery, including a more detailed list of the signs to look out for, visit www.cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/.