West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner holds Human Trafficking web chat (30 Jun 2015)

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Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), has held a live web chat.

The web chat was an opportunity for people to ask the PCC about what's being done to tackle the issue of human trafficking.

Questions included whether there is a lot of human trafficking in West Yorkshire, what support is in place for victims and what the sentencing is for those found guilty of human trafficking.

Mark Burns-Williamson said: "The web chat was a success with a number of questions coming in about human trafficking. Web chats are a useful way of communicating with people who we might not otherwise reach.

Human trafficking is a terrible crime which involves many victims across the UK and it is one of the key priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. It is a national problem but here in West Yorkshire I have provided funding to West Yorkshire Police to set up a specialist Human Trafficking Unit which researches and investigates the crime. This is only the second of its sort in the country."

The general indicators of victims of human trafficking are: 

  • Being fearful of police/authorities.
  • Being fearful of the trafficker, believing their lives or family members' lives are at risk if they escape.
  • Exhibiting signs of physical and psychological trauma e.g. anxiety, lack of memory of recent events, bruising, untreated conditions.
  • Being fearful of telling others about their situation. 
  • Being unaware they have been trafficked and believe they are simply in a bad job. 
  • Having limited freedom of movement. 
  • Being unpaid or paid very little. 
  • Having limited access to medical care. 
  • Seeming to be in debt to someone. 
  • Having no passport or mentioning that someone else has it. 
  • Being regularly moved around to avoid detection. 
  • Being controlled by use of witchcraft e.g. Ju Ju.

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking please contact the police on 101, or if someone is in immediate danger on 999.

You can read the full web chat at /news-events/web-chats.aspx

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