Campaign to end slavery in NI

Published Thursday, 31 July 2014
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Justice Minister David Ford has given his backing to a campaign to help eradicate modern day slavery in Northern Ireland.

The minister announced the launch of a UK-wide campaign to raise awareness of slavery.

A dedicated website has been launched along with specially commissioned television advertisements and the NSPCC has set up a special helpline to help victims.

Victims of slavery can find themselves involved in forced labour, sexual exploitations and domestic servitude.

Alliance leader David Ford said the crimes were taking place in different areas across Northern Ireland.

He said: "It is essential that we dispel the myth that slavery is not taking place in the United Kingdom.

"The reality is that these despicable crimes are taking place in both urban and rural areas across the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland.

"While law enforcement agencies are working hard to rescue the victims the public can help enormously by reporting suspicions. There are then support mechanisms in place to assist potential victims."

Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said: "The Police Service of Northern Ireland will play its full part in working with a range of groups and agencies in the drive to tackle modern slavery.

"This abhorrent crime results in some of the most vulnerable in our global society being exploited in the most horrific circumstances.

"PSNI welcomes this campaign which highlights the devastating impact on those whose lives are touched by modern slavery.

Modern slavery telephone: 0800 0121 700
"We would urge everyone in our community to be aware of the signs of this crime and to report any suspicions or concerns through the helpline or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
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