In a proactive response to an increase in the incidences of modern slavery, Hertsmere Borough Council recently voted to initiate a human trafficking awareness-raising campaign, with a view to helping ‘’…end modern slavery and human trafficking and raise awareness in the community.’’
So far this year, 37 modern slavery cases have been reported to the Hertfordshire constabulary, a significant increase from 26 reported cases in 2016.
Councillors have received training from Operation Tropic, the police anti-trafficking team and are committed to supporting multi-agency actions to collaborate in prevention and awareness-raising.
A series of community awareness events are planned to take place in August and the police anti-trafficking team will be present at a number of the events, where they hope their presence will encourage active engagement and participation from members of the general public.
For more, please see www.hertsmere.gov.uk/modernslavery.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.