Modern slavery ‘Week of Action’ proves successful for City of London Police

The City of London Police’s week of activity took place from 28 January to 1 February. A number of construction sites were visited during the course of the week. Officers engaged with construction workers to raise awareness about the latters’ rights and entitlements as part of the National Crime Agency’s campaign to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking.

During the ‘Week of Action’, the the officers visited ten construction sites across the Square Mile. During these visits, officers engaged with staff and provided them with leaflets to raise awareness of what constitutes modern slavery, how to spot the signs and how to access help. They also undertook safeguarding and welfare checks on the workers there and made sure they felt confident in reporting any wrongdoing or concerns to the police.

Modern slavery is the term used to define crimes which cover holding a person in a position of slavery, servitude or forced compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them afterwards. Although human trafficking often involves an international cross-border element, it’s also possible for an individual to be a victim of modern slavery in their own country.

The need for building strong connections with the construction industry was highlighted to be important after it was identified that there were cases nationwide of people being exploited by gangs and put to work on construction sites.

Chief Inspector Edelle Michaels from the City of London Police said: “The City of London Police is working hard to understand the scale of the issue of modern slavery and human trafficking, and we’re doing so alongside other law enforcement partners such as the National Crime Agency. While we don’t believe that there’s a significant problem with these issues in the City, we’re determined to raise awareness among our communities of being able to spot the signs of modern slavery and human trafficking. We urge anyone who has any suspicions to contact us by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, people can volunteer information anonymously via Crimestoppers.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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