Anti-Slavery Day falls on 18th October 2019 and provides us with an opportunity to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery across the UK. The purpose of the day is to encourage government, local authorities, companies, charities, and individuals to raise awareness and help eradicate human trafficking.
The Home Office has estimated, in its 2018 Modern Slavery Report, that there may be as many as 13,000 people held in slavery in the UK. The Home Office has described modern slavery as “a serious and brutal crime in which people are treated as commodities and exploited for criminal gain. The true extent of modern slavery in the UK, and indeed globally, is unknown". Modern slavery is the third most critical crime in the UK according to the National Crime Agency. It is a well-hidden, organised crime with c.40m victims worldwide - higher than any other crime in history.
The National Crime Agency has reported that the number of victims of modern slavery in the UK will continue to rise over the coming years. It is essential that as individuals and businesses we educate potential victims on what to do if they are being exploited.
Anti-Slavery Day is vital in raising awareness and helping to eradicate the problem. The more people who are informed on how to spot the signs of modern slavery, the more effectively we can safeguard potential victims and bring criminals to justice.
The top 3 groups who are most affected by human trafficking are Latvian, Vietnamese and UK nationals, with high-risk sectors being car washes, nail bars, construction and labour supply.
At PMP we recognise that we have an obligation to prevent modern-day slavery and have implemented effective systems and controls to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our own business or supply chain. PMP adopt a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and pledge to act ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.
As we approach Anti-Slavery Day on 18th October, we will be sharing what we do as a business to raise awareness of this abhorrent crime with both our colleagues and clients.
If you suspect modern slavery, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700.