445 Slavery Victims Identified In One Year
Not only is it Anti-slavery day, but also the one year anniversary of the Victims First Willow Project.
The project was set up by police and crime commissioners to support modern slavery and exploitation victims in Thames Valley.
Since its launch, it has helped 445 victims of exploitation, working with their families to provide
necessary support such as crisis intervention, advocacy and long term practical and emotional assistance.
Currently, 52 percent of the victims have been male whilst 48 percent have been female,
a majority of those effected (72 percent) being British.
Around 262 cases of modern slavery have been reported in Thames Valley between
September 2018 to August 2019.
Victims First Willow Project also help provide for victims who experience
serious crime and who have developed complex needs as a result.
Thames Valley Police warn that modern slavery is a crime that can go undetected,
victims of the modern slavery and exploitation can be referred to the Willow Project through Victims First on 03001234148.