On Monday 2 July and Tuesday 3 July officers from Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Unit (JOU) have been carrying out specific duties in support of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to prevent Modern Slavery.
Marine Unit officers in two boats carried out checks and spoke to eleven vessels entering Eastney and Chichester harbours. No problems were identified with any of the vessels, six of which were from outside of the UK. Uniformed Neighbourhood Policing officers were also available on dry land and highlighted the issue of Modern Slavery to members of the public at six marinas including Langstone, Northney, and Chichester Yacht Club. The activity was also supported by intelligence and investigations officers, the National Crime Agency, Border Force, and our colleagues from Sussex Police.
Modern Slavery takes many forms and could involve someone who is:
- Forced to work.
- Owned or controlled by an ‘employer’.
- Treated as a commodity or property.
- Restricted by someone else in relation to their freedom of movement.
Further details relating to Modern Day Slavery can be found here: http://www.modernslaverypartnership.org.uk/
You can also report any information or suspicious activity in complete confidence via the Modern Slavery helpline (@mshelpline) on 08000121700