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Anti-Slavery Day 18 October 2015

14 October 2015

Anti-Slavery Day falls on 18 October each year.  Volunteer Now and the Keeping Adults Safe Initiative supports this campaign as it provides an opportunity to raise awareness and draw attention to the subject of modern slavery and human trafficking. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 states that: “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms”.

Human trafficking is a serious crime that can affect anyone, of any age, gender or nationality.  It involves the possession of people by improper means, such as force, threat or deception for the purpose of exploiting them.  It is the illegal movement of a person into or through a country.  (http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/human-trafficking).  People are trafficked into prostitution, pornography, agricultural and building labour, manufacturing, domestic servitude, forced begging, benefit fraud and petty criminality, and organ removal.

Because trafficking is, by nature, a hidden and secretive crime, it is hard to know precisely how many people are affected, however, according to annual statistics collated by the PSNI, the number of people being trafficked in Northern Ireland increased during 2013.  

A report published on Tuesday 30th September by the National Crime Agency (NCA), which assessed the nature and scale of human trafficking across the UK during 2013, found that of the 37 men, women and children rescued last year, 46% (17) had been forced into prostitution.  The NCA report, also found that 10 people had been exploited for their labour in the farming, manufacturing or construction sectors.  A further five suffered multiple forms of exploitation.

A key aspect in adult safeguarding, it is important to be aware that modern slavery exists and is closer than you think, it is therefore important to be aware of the signs of trafficking and keep your eyes open for it in your community.  Volunteer Now has a range of certificated “Keeping Adults Safe” courses designed to meet the adult safeguarding needs of your organisation which gives participants the opportunity to explore the current, relevant issues in adult safeguarding including legislation, statistics and good practice.    

If you suspect someone is a victim of abuse you can contact your Local Health Trust Adult Safeguarding Service.

HSC Trust 
Adult Safeguarding Service  
  Regional Emergency Social Work Service 
Out of Hours
Western028 71611366    028 95049999
Southern028 30832650    028 95049999
Belfast028 95041744    028 95049999
Northern028 25635512    028 95049999
South Eastern028 92501227     028 95049999


Call the Police (101 or 999 if you see someone in immediate danger) or Crimestoppers (0800 555 111) if you suspect an instance of trafficking in your area. 

Modern Slavery is closer than you think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv1H_fAoOG4&list=UU697e0rGEZK8tO-qmFN6kag

For further information: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/crime-justice-and-the-law/victims-and-witnesses-of-crime/information-for-potential-adult-victims-of-human-trafficking.htm