PCC supports World Day Against Trafficking


Today has been marked by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime as World Day Against Trafficking. UNODC encourages all nations to step up its activity to stem the trade in people for exploitation. The UK have embraced this challenge by creating the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to identify and support victims and take a robust approach towards the individuals and groups responsible.

Sussex Police are at the forefront of this fight and, thanks to funding made available by Katy Bourne the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, they have recently appointed a pan-Sussex Modern Slavery Manager to drive the development of the police’s approach to Modern Slavery, which incorporates Human Trafficking.

Modern Slavery is a complex, serious and organised crime attracting life imprisonment penalties. Reflecting on this the Modern Slavery Manager is busy refreshing guidance material and providing a series of bespoke inputs to Sussex Police, from public contact to the most specialist investigation teams to ensure incidents are recognised, escalated and investigated to maximum effect.

These steps are further enhanced by the development of a network of 26 officers and staff across the force to support and direct colleagues wherever they work.

Sussex Police also work with national and international law enforcement partners to co-ordinate intensified activity on a variety of slavery and trafficking themes throughout the year.

Mrs Bourne’s investment is not limited to the police activity though, as part of the Modern Slavery Manager’s remit relates to working with the private sector, partner agencies, local authorities, charities and faith organisations to bring in much needed information and co-operation.

Mrs Bourne comments, “We will only combat crimes of modern slavery and trafficking by working together, from law enforcement to health services, from child safeguarding to charity support providers to local and national businesses. Together let’s shed a light on these often hidden, heinous crimes.”

This UNODC world day provides an opportunity for the PCC and Sussex Police to appeal for vigilance to this appalling crime and remind everyone of the ways to report concerns.
• In an emergency always ring 999
• If not an emergency Ring 101 or use the online reporting facility via the Sussex Police website
• Alternatively, you can obtain advice or report concerns to the National Helpline via 0800 0121700 or
• anonymously via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111