Modern day slavery focus at conference

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EXAMPLES of modern day slavery were shared during a conference hosted by the Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership.

It brought together a wide range of public and private sector organisations with the sole aim of ending human trafficking across the world.

The term given to the illegal movement of people, often between countries or continents and under the threat of violence, for the purpose of exploitation.

The conference aimed to educate people about how to spot the signs of forced labour, sexual exploitation and other forms of modern day slavery.

More than 100 representatives from Sussex Police, West Sussex Fire and Rescue, health, social care, Adur and Worthing Councils, churches and schools attended.

Presentations were given by Sussex Police, Stop the Traffick, Barnados, ECPAT and the Gang Masters Licensing Authority.

Some of the speakers shared several examples of modern day slavery that have happened in Adur and other parts of West Sussex, highlighting the need to raise awareness locally.

Feedback was positive, with many requests for further training.

The Safer Communities Partnership plan to build on the enthusiasm shown and consider ways to develop this area of work in the coming months.

The Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership has a statutory duty to reduce crime and disorder. The partnership has representatives from a range of agencies.