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Hertfordshire Police launch human trafficking campaign
Hertfordshire’s police force is backing a national campaign against the “vile crime” of human trafficking and slavery.
Operation Eagle was launched yesterday (October 14) and an awareness week to highlight the severity of the problem and raise awareness about it will run until October 18.
During the week, police officers hope it will highlight their role in working alongside authorities such as councils and health providers to identify people who may be victims of trafficking.
Detective Inspector Steve Keating of Hertfordshire’s economic crime unit, said: “Human trafficking is a vile crime that results in humans being exploited for the benefit of others.
“People who play a part in this evil trade are criminals, purely and simply, and we want to send out a message that we won’t tolerate it.
“It’s hard for us to know the true extent of human trafficking in the UK. But we know one thing for sure —it is very real. It’s happening on our streets, in our communities, on our doorstep.
“We want everyone to understand they can play a role in dealing with this despicable crime, which is fast becoming one of the most profitable ways organised crime groups can make money.”
Victims could be working in car washes, high street nail bars, massage parlours, cleaners, nannies, au pairs or for domestic labour.
People who suspect suspicious activity should call the police on 101 or ring Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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