Police support for week of action in support of national Child Trafficking Week

Issued on 12/7/18 at 6:00 p.m.

Police from the force’s CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) hub and Modern Slavery Team supported a National Crime Agency campaign to highlight the dangers of child trafficking and the national, ongoing response to the threat of modern slavery and human trafficking across the UK.

The week of action was primarily focused on protecting and safeguarding children, who can be forced into sexual or criminal exploitation. Throughout last week, officers and staff from the multi-agency CSE (MaCSE) hub and Modern Slavery Team worked alongside their colleagues from social care, education and health to raise awareness of the signs to look out for which may indicate a child is a victim or at risk of becoming one.

Detective Inspector Jennifer Heggs from the MaCSE team, said:

“We were pleased to support the NCA week of action and to help highlight the dangers of modern day slavery and help protect the most vulnerable in our society – this is every day business for us.

“We know that in the UK generally – and that includes Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland - children can be recruited into modern day slavery, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold, most commonly for sexual exploitation, cannabis cultivation, domestic servitude or nail bars.

“These are all serious forms of either child sexual exploitation (CSE) or child criminal exploitation (CCE) and I urge anyone who has any concerns about a child they think is at risk to call police on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700. If you believe a child is in immediate danger always call 999.”

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