WHAT IS MODERN SLAVERY + EXPLOITATION?
‘Modern Slavery’ and exploitation involves individuals being coerced, forced, tricked, bribed, threatened, moved around and exploited for the profit of criminal gangs and networks.
WHAT IS HAPPENING IN NORTHERN IRELAND?
In the last five years (since 2013)...
+ PSNI have recovered 189 individuals from situations of modern slavery in Northern Ireland.
+ The main types of exploitation identified in Northern Ireland have been forced labour (92) and sexual exploitation (57).
+ PSNI investigations have led to 4 prosecutions.
+ The main nationalities of victims of modern slavery and exploitation in Northern Ireland have been Romanian, Chinese, Bulgarian, UK Nationals and Lithuanian.
+ The Department of Justice NI has established an Engagement Group on the issue to ensure that Government bodies engage with civil society and NGO’s to tackle the issue in partnership.
+ The Northern Ireland Assembly has developed robust legislation on modern slavery and exploitation that is highly regarded around the world.
+ Freedom Acts have delivered awareness and prevention workshops to over 5000 people in the community through schools, youth clubs, community groups, churches.
+ Over 2000 front-line professionals have been trained by the Freedom Acts team to identify signs and indicators of modern slavery and exploitation in their workplace or role.
WHAT CAN I DO?
Spot The Signs
Would you know how to identify if someone in your community or workplace was being exploited? Learn how to spot the signs by watching this.
Report suspicions to PSNI by phoning 999, 101 or the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700.
Download the STOP APP to help investigators gather anonymous intelligence about suspicions.
Invite the Freedom Acts team to deliver training or awareness to your group or team. Contact us on 028 3839 3372.
Support the work of Freedom Acts in preventing exploitation by donating to our work.
Be an Everyday Activist
Watch the video below to see how five ordinary people decided to make a difference in their everyday lives.
WHO HELPS VICTIMS IN NORTHERN IRELAND?
The PSNI Human Trafficking Unit is part of C2 Serious Crime Branch and is staffed by Detectives who are experienced and knowledgeable concerning the investigation of Human Trafficking and Exploitation.
Women’s Aid is one of the local charities that are contracted by the Department of Justice to help support female victims of Human Trafficking.
Migrant Help is one of the local charities that are contracted by the Department of Justice to help support male victims of Human Trafficking.
Social Services provide practical assistance and guidance to Child victims of Human Trafficking.
Flourish supports survivors of modern slavery in overcoming the trauma of their experiences, integrating into communities and gaining control of their own lives.