The homeless community of Preston are being offered advice on the warning signs of modern-day slavery, rough sleepers are vulnerable to exploitation as they have no permanent safe place to stay.
This week, police, health and community agencies are taking to the streets of Preston to offer advice and support on the warning signs of human traffickers and modern-day slavery. Sergeant Abi Finch-Hall of Lancashire Police said: “Modern slavery is happening in Lancashire and could be taking place in your local area.”
Chris Webb, Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner added: “Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking is a key priority for the Commissioner, protecting those most at risk of becoming victims and ensuring they get support.”
On Friday 1st of February, teams will be out in Preston to engage with rough sleepers and those who work in retail in Preston to raise awareness.
What are the signs?
Exploiters may look for victims in places where the homeless and rough sleeping community spend time together.
Exploiters may display violent or threatening behaviour and may appear to control their victims.
Victims may be forced into criminal behaviour or forced to beg on behalf of the exploiter.
Business owners, shoppers and retailers, if you find yourself interacting with a vulnerable member of society, please educate them on the warning signs.
For more information or to report a case of modern slavery please call the helpline on 0800 0121 700 or alternatively, report it online on the modern slavery helpline website.