Today is Anti-Slavery Day.
Anti-Slavery Day was created to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire government, business and individuals to eliminate it.
Anti-Slavery Day was created in 2010 by a Private Members Bill introduced by Anthony Steen CBE, then MP for Totnes. Since then it has grown significantly and each year more and more charities, individuals, local authorities and police forces take action to mark Anti-Slavery Day.
It is held annually on October 18th, with events taking place across the UK. You can find out more about these on the Anti-Slavery Day website.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “Slavery was abolished more than 180 years ago in this country. Yet we know it’s still happening today across the UK and here in Merseyside.
“Slavery’s hidden nature means it is difficult for us to ascertain the extent of the problem in our region, but it is an issue we all need to face.
“Anti-Slavery Day is an opportunity to start a conversation, which in turn will raise awareness and understanding. We want to get people talking about this issue and we want them to know how to spot the tell-tale warning signs.
“We need the public’s help if we are to find and rescue vulnerable people who have been enslaved and today is all about bringing this issue out into the open.”
If you are a victim of this type of crime visit www.victimcaremerseyside.org for advice on how to get help and report it.
If you think slavery is happening, call the police on 999 in an emergency, or 101 if it is not urgent.
You can also report it by calling the Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700*. You can also get information on how to spot the warning signs on the Modern Slavery website.