This week 14 – 21 October is Anti-slavery week. Many people around the country believe that slavery ended many years ago. Nothing could be further from the truth. Slavery now takes many different forms, most of which are present here in York and North Yorkshire. Recent cases identified by the local police, councils and community organisations in this region include:

  • cannabis farming
  • child exploitation
  • domestic servitude
  • human trafficking for sexual exploitation
  • labour exploitation
  • nail bars
  • vulnerable young people carrying drugs from urban centres
  • care homes
  • domiciliary care
  • hand car washes.

An information leaflet (below) has been published by North Yorkshire and York Modern Slavery Partnership to raise awareness of Modern Slavery and to provide guidance on what signs to look out for and how you can stop it.

Voluntary Sector Assembly  – County Lines, Modern Slavery and Prevent – 31 October | 10:00 – 14:00 | Priory Street Centre

You can also join our next Voluntary Sector Assembly to actively discuss how, as the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, we can begin to challenge some of these issues. For more information and to book your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

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