Modern slavery – encompasses slavery, human trafficking, forced labour and domestic servitude. Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. Sandwell can be described as a hotspot for Modern Day Slavery with its good transport links, cheap housing and industry requiring labor. It has been estimated that within a mile of West Bromwich Police Station, there are 95 victims of MDS. For more information see:
- Modern Slavery Telephone Helpline -0800 0121 700 (24hrs) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv1H_fAoOG4
- If you see something suspicious, no matter how small, call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Domestic abuse – including psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional abuse; so called ‘honour’ based violence. Sandwell has signed up to the West Midlands Domestic Violence and Abuse Standards, aimed at improving services, more information can be found at www.sandwell.gov.uk/domesticabuse.
Or for help and support, contact Black Country Women’s Aid on 0121 552 6448 or call the free 24-hour national domestic violence helpline on 0808 2000 247. Always call 999 in an emergency.
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