Wales signs up to PCC’s ‘platform for change’ to assist modern slavery victims

Policing leaders are set to be joined by political heavyweights in a show of unity to help eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking in Wales.

Jan 31, 2018

Policing leaders are set to be joined by political heavyweights in a show of unity to help eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking in Wales. All those attending the ‘Platform for Change’ event at the National Assembly’s Senedd will sign a giant pledge board, promising a “collective commitment” to provide support and reduce the long-term impact on victims. The seminar on Wednesday (January 31) – sponsored by Gwent police and crime commissioner Jeff Cuthbert and Assembly Member Joyce Watson – is supported by the Home Office, the National Crime Agency and the Crown Prosecution Service. Highlighting the importance of the event, Mr Cuthbert, said: “Tackling modern slavery is an area we are determined to drive forward with our partners locally and nationally. “Each and every one of us has a responsibility to ensure that people are not exploited and no single organisation can effectively tackle and eradicate this problem alone. “I hope this event will help raise awareness across our communities and will ensure that victims and survivors of these heinous crimes receive the appropriate support they so desperately need.” Gwent Police Chief Constable Julian Williams added: “The uncomfortable reality is that modern day slavery isn’t an issue which is confined to other countries, it’s here on our doorstep. “A significant problem we face with this offence is people often don’t realise they are victims. We want to offer support and protection to victims and tackle the perpetrators.”

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