Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19th century. Modern Slavery continues today and harms people in every country in the world. Women forced into prostitution. People forced to work in agriculture, domestic work and factories. Children in sweatshops producing goods sold globally. Entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts. Girls forced to marry older men.
There are estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery around the world, including: • 10 million children • 24.9 million people in forced labour • 15.4 million people in forced marriage • 4.8 million people in forced sexual exploitation
Someone is in slavery if they are: • forced to work – through coercion, or mental or physical threat; • owned or controlled by an ’employer’, through mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse; • dehumanized, treated as a commodity or bought and sold as ‘property’; • physically constrained or have restrictions placed on their freedom of movement. Going back to November’s newsletter article on county lines we talked about what county lines are and this month we’re going to talk about what you can do to help safeguard any victims affected by county lines. So…? What can you do?
One of the most important things in aiding young people is early identification. Some of the early factors identifying a victim – especially in young people are; • Going missing and travelling to seaside or market towns • Money, clothes or accessories which they are unable to account for • An increase in possession of weapons and substances with intent to supply offences outside your area
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Children and adults can be exploited and trafficked through modern slavery - brought into our area from abroad or from other parts of the UK.
County Lines is the organised criminal distribution of drugs from the big cities into smaller towns and rural areas using children and vulnerable people. The main county line gangs operate from London and Liverpool, but other groups work out of Birmingham, and Manchester. The influence of county lines is nationwide. Metropolitan Police have found gang members from Islington in 14 different police areas, for example.
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Provides elearning and other useful resources in relation to support of child victims of trafficking.