Campaign launched to stop forced labour

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THERE is no place for slavery in Hampshire.

That’s the message from senior officials at Hampshire Constabulary, which is throwing its support behind a national campaign to get people to report any signs of slavery they see.

The three most common types of slavery are farm labour, brothels and domestic servitude in the home.

Laura Franklin, assistant police and crime commissioner for the county, said: ‘Slavery is a very real and current issue that is destroying lives.

‘This hidden crime happens to people trafficked into the UK, but also to people – men, women and children – born and raised here. I welcome the Home Office campaign to raise awareness of modern slavery, as we all need to be vigilant to the signs of people in a situation of harm.

‘Here in Hampshire and Isle of Wight there have been recent cases of people being victims of exploitation and forced labour.’

If you suspect slavery is happening near you, call 0800 0121 700.