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Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Awareness Event

TraffickingThe Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Awareness Raising Event took place on 5 September 2014. 


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The Cleveland PCC together with the PCCs from Durham and Northumbria hosted an event to better understand and raise awareness of Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery, a priority within the regional Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) action plan, launched in December 2013.

Over 50 delegates attended the event from a variety of public and third sector organisations.


A selection of speakers provided an overview on the scale of the problem from international, national and local perspectives.The agenda for the day included the following presentations:

  1. Welcome and Introduction (Barry Coppinger – Police and Crime Commissioner for Ceveland)
  2. Setting the Scene (Allan Doherty – Hope for Justice)
  3. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery - The International Perspective (Judith Kirton-Darling MEP)
  4. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery – The National Perspective (Liam Vernon - Senior Manager,UK Human Trafficking Centre, Organised Crime Command, National Crime Agency)
  5. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery – The Local Perspectives (Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry - Durham Constabulary, Superintendent Alastair Simpson - Cleveland Police and Detective Chief Inspector Steve Barron - Northumbria Police)
  6. Gangmasters Licensing Authority (Paul Broadbent - Chief Executive, Gangmasters)
  7. Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Research (Dr Evi Boukli - Teesside University)
  8. Young People as Peer Supporters (Abbie Rodgers & Caitlin Boy, Barnardos)


Key Themes

  • There are a number of types of trafficking:
    • Sexual Exploitation
    • Forced Labour
    • Domestic Servitude
    • Criminal Activity (i.e. benefit fraud)
    • Organ Harvesting.
  • Nationality of victims varies from Albanian, Nigerian, Vietnamese, Romanian, British, Polish, Hungarian, Chinese, Lithuanian and Latvian.
  • Emerging trends internationally include recruitment of victims by acquaintances or relatives of criminal groups, the use of the internet, victims being controlled through the threat of force, deception and debt bondage and victims being exploited in agricultural, construction, textile, health care, domestic service and sex industry.
  • National Crime Agency (NCA) reported victims for labour exploitation exceeded those for sexual exploitation in the last six months.
  • Modern Slavery Bill allows for new powers and Anti-Slavery Commissioner will be appointed. 
  • National Referral Mechanism:
    • Identifies victims
    • Ensures victims receive appropriate support and protection
    • Allows the collection of statistics
    • Provides a 45 day recovery and protection period.



The following file contains ALL presentations from the event:
Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Presentations (Adobe PDF document, 3.5mB)


Other Useful Documentation:

The EU rights of victims of trafficking in human beings (Adobe PDF document, 332kB)
Human Trafficking: National Referral Mechanism Statistics – January to March 2014 (Adobe PDF document, 700kB)
Briefing on EU Policy and Framework on Human Trafficking (Adobe PDF document, 214kB)



The following two videos were shown at the event. Click link to download and view content.
Hope for Justice - Every Good Father (WMV Video File, 14mB, 3 mins 15 secs)


Questions, Comments and Feedback

The following link lists questions raised and comments noted at the event with their responses.
Feedback from those in attendance is also included:
Questions, Comments and Feedback (Adobe PDF document, 127kB)


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