East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting its commitment to tackling modern day slavery ahead of Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October 2014.
It works closely with other services including County and City Councils, Sussex Police and Surrey and Sussex Strategic Migration Group. Firefighters and other staff are given guidance on how to spot signs of possible crimes and how to best help their victims
David Kemp, Partnership and Inclusion Manager from ESFRS, said:
“As an emergency service, we have access to businesses and residential premises above businesses. Our firefighters and other staff are being trained to identify possible signs that people are being exploited. For example, this could be a large number of people housed in unsafe accommodation. Or we could see people who behave in a way which suggests they are in trouble.”
Spot the Signs
For more information: www.modernslavery.co.uk
Physical appearance: Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn
Isolation: Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work
Poor living conditions: Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address
Few or no personal effects: Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work
Restricted freedom of movement: Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained, e.g. passports
Unusual travel times: They may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night.
Reluctant to seek help: Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.
If you think a person is in immediate danger you should call the Police on 999 and report it
You can also contact the helpline number: 0800 0121 700
About Anti-Slavery Day
Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it.
The Anti-Slavery Day Bill became law in 2010. It was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members Bill by Anthony Steen MP for Totnes, South Devon, in 2010 and passed through both Houses, unopposed although amended. The bill defines modern-day slavery as child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
For more information, please go to: http://www.antislaveryday.com/