Human slavery focus for police

Human trafficking was tackled by police in a national week-long operation with a focus on forced labour.

Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 2:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 14th June 2016, 4:43 pm
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The week of action, named Op Hornsman, was led by the National Crime Agency’s UK Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC).

The week also saw activity taking place across Europe.

Officers visited premises like car washes, nail bars and takeaways where labour exploitation can commonly occur, to help raise awareness that is not something confined to history, it is still happening today in Lancashire

Police across Lancaster and Morecambe, Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde handed out multi-language leaflets and materials informing people of the signs of slavery or trafficking and contact information for where to seek help.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “It was great to have the opportunity to see officers taking action against modern slavery and human trafficking here in Lancashire. It is vital work protecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and a growing area of demand for the police.”