Massage parlours, takeaways, car washes and traveller sites will be visited in a bid to speak with employers and employees about modern slavery and raise awareness.
All this week police will be carrying out visits and speaking with people in a bid to give them a better understanding of just what modern slavery and human trafficking is.
Put simply, slavery and/or trafficking is the movement of a person from one place to another (this could be country to country, town to town, or even as simple as one room in a building to another) into conditions of exploitation, using deception, coercion, abuse of power or the abuse of the person’s vulnerability.
Detective Superintendent Sue Cawley, head of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This area of policing is complex and identifying modern slavery can be difficult. In many cases Organised Crime Groups (OCGs) are behind the trafficking of people into the UK.
“However, in some cases victims will willingly travel into the UK by their own means, sometimes at the request of their own families, to then only make their first contact with their trafficker based upon an offer of apparent legal and legitimate employment, unaware of the situation that awaits them.
“Reporting rates are low and we want to encourage victims to come forward knowing that there is help out there for them.”
Information about modern slavery will also be posted on Lancashire Constabulary’s Facebook and Twitter accounts throughout the week using #modernslavery – you can follow them at facebook.com/lancspolice or twitter.com/lancs police.