Following on from the successful launch of the campaign to Stop Modern Slavery last month, key agencies and organisations including the NHS, West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network, are now supporting a series of community events around Birmingham. These events will help to raise public awareness of the hidden horrors that we could all come into contact with every time we visit one of the city’s nail bars or hand car washes.
The first community events will be happening at:
- Tuesday 1 May, 9am-3pm - Mell Square Shopping Centre, 44A Drury Lane, Solihull
- Thursday 3 May, 9am-3pm- Mell Square Shopping Centre, 44A Drury Lane, Solihull
- Friday 18 May - Asda, 859 Coventry Road, Small Heath,Birmingham B10 0HH
Detective Superintendent Nick Walton, West Midlands Police said: “Its really important that we work together with the public to awareness of the signs of modern slavery and urge them to report anything suspicious so we can take action. The Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 is there to help but if you feel someone is in immediate danger please call 999.”
Robin Brierley, Chair of the West Midlands Anti Slavery Network, said: “Human trafficking and modern slavery should not be happening in 2018 in Birmingham, West Midlands or nationally but the fact is, that it is. Victims must be at the centre of all our work and that it’s the duty of us all, statutory sector, businesses and the public to report suspicions immediately. I don’t believe this is a hidden crime now, we just need to know what to look out for and the signs of trafficking and what to do if we do suspect a person may be a victim. The public should call the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700 to get help, report a suspicion or seek advice.”