Hertfordshire Police launch action week to combat modern slavery
PUBLISHED: 12:43 10 October 2016 | UPDATED: 13:24 10 October 2016
Hertfordshire Constabulary is running a week of action to combat and raise awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking in the county.
The operation this week will involve officers working with safer neighbourhood teams to gather intelligence and encourage people/businesses to be alert to the issue.
Modern slavery can take many forms, including forced labour, sexual exploitation, criminal exploitation and domestic servitude.
Detective inspector Luke Whinnett said: “There is no evidence or intelligence to suggest that Hertfordshire has a particular problem with slavery.
“However, by its nature it operates in secret. We need people to report suspicions or concerns so we can respond where appropriate to protect victims and take action against offenders.”
If you have concerns or suspicions about people who might have been trafficked or being kept in slavery, you can report them to police via the non-emergency number 101.