Well done to Cambridgeshire police who have safeguarded potential victims against human trafficking after an investigation at a Fenland car wash last year. The team obtained an Interim Slavery and Trafficking Risk Order from court following information which suggested that car wash staff were being mistreated by the management.
It was discovered that the staff had been working long hours for minimum wage with no contract of employment, no protective clothing or paid national insurance or tax. Checks at the car wash revealed that staff may have also been living on site with no mains electricity.
Locally I have campaigned on this issue and brought together community leaders to shine a light on the risk posed by modern slavery in our community. I hosted a major summit with the Home Office Minister responsible for tackling modern slavery in Wisbech.
With today being National Human Trafficking Awareness Day it couldn’t be a more fitting reminder that as a community, we all have a part to play in tackling this heinous crime. If you suspect that someone you have come into contact with is being exploited then you can report your concerns at: https://www.cambs.police.uk/report/Report or call the Modern Day Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700