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  1. Published on: 09/10/2019 01:15 PMReported by: roving-eye

    Blackpool Tower will light up red on Friday (11 October) in memory of victims of modern slavery ahead of an event in the town on Saturday.

    The event will see a stall in the Houndshill shopping centre between 10am and 4pm, where volunteers from the Lancashire Police Cadets will handing out leaflets. The branded ‘Freedom Bus’ which is covered with anti-slavery messages, will also be travelling around the town, stopping in various locations to provide information to communities.

    Lancashire Constabulary’s modern slavery and human trafficking coordinator Det Sgt Jill Entwistle said: “Modern slavery and human trafficking is happening here in Blackpool. We are really keen to work with local communities to make them aware of this and let them know how they can help us tackle this issue by spotting the signs.

    “We have a dedicated modern slavery and human trafficking team in Blackpool who work to identify victims and tackle this serious crime. This event is about raising awareness of the issues, which are often hidden, so that the public can work with us and be aware of how to report suspicious activity.”

    The event has been organised by the Pan-Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership, which was set up to work collaboratively with public authorities, voluntary and charity sectors and local businesses, in the fight against human trafficking and modern slavery. A key part of the work is focused on raising public awareness of what the issues are, the different types of slavery and trafficking and how to spot the signs.

    Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Tackling modern slavery is a key priority for us in Lancashire and these events highlight the commitment that myself, Lancashire Constabulary and partners across the county have to bring offenders to justice and help ensure those being exploited get to safety.

    "Raising awareness and ensuring as many people as possible are aware of the signs of modern slavery is extremely important, with information from the public often vital in helping victims escape what can be appalling conditions.

    “I am proud of the resources I have put into this fight, which places us at the forefront of anti-trafficking work nationally, and is a really important part of making our communities safer and a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan."

    Cllr Simon Blackburn, Blackpool Council Leader, added: “It is a shocking fact that while most people consider the slave trade to have ended when slavery was abolished in 1883, there are more slaves today than ever before in human history.

    “The irony is that modern slavery can be hidden yet at the same time in plain sight. Unwittingly, our communities may be using victims of modern slavery to wash their cars, paint their nails and lay their drives.

    “We cannot look the other way. Members of the public are our first line of defence when it comes to tackling this scourge, and we urge all our residents to be aware of the tell-tale warning signs of modern slavery, and report any concerns to police or their local authority.”

    Signs that could indicate that someone is a victim of slavery include looking malnourished or unkempt, appearing withdrawn, rarely travelling on their own, appearing to be under the control of others, being unfamiliar with their neighbourhood, living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, having few personal possessions, having no identification or travel documents and being hesitant to talk to strangers.

    Advice and support for victims is available from the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700. Call 999 if you or anyone is in immediate danger. If there is no immediate danger, you can report suspicious activity on 101.

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  3. miker says:09/10/2019 06:17 PM
    He's only fifty years out. It was 1833,in UK, and 1865 in the States.

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