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Slavery investigation at Cleethorpes car wash

Slavery investigation at Cleethorpes car wash
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Slavery investigation at Cleethorpes car wash

Humberside Police officers visited a car wash in Cleethorpes today as part of an ongoing investigation into modern day slavery.

This forms part of the force’s commitment to protect vulnerable people from being exploited.

The team was accompanied by representatives from Border Force, Engie and Trading Standards.

The investigation was conducted under Operation Wilberforce, which acts in response to the signs of modern day slavery and trafficking.

According to the force, signs that someone may be being trafficked may include being reulctant to interact with strangers or authorities, appearing to be under the control of another person, or wearing the same clothes, which are often unsuitable for their job or the weather.

Victims may also be seen being dropped off and collected for work in the same way, especially very early or late at night.

However, no issues were identified at the premises on Humberston Road, Cleethorpes, on this occasion.

Detective Sergeant Jon Jeffs said:

“Modern Day Slavery is something which affects communities across the UK and beyond and, sadly, our area is not immune to those looking to exploit others for their own gain.

“As part of our ongoing work to prevent people from being exploited in this way, we and our partners make unannounced visits like this one today, to speak with business owners and workers to ensure that everything is in order and that they are being treated fairly.

“Sadly, Modern Day Slavery is an issue that often goes unnoticed but is happening all around us, affecting men, women and children of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.

“Victims are exploited in a number of different ways, from forced labour to domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.

“But you can help us to reach them and keep them safe by knowing the signs to look out for and getting in touch if you’re concerned.”

Anybody who has suspicions surrounding modern day slavery or who has concerns about a vulnerable person, is asked to call Humberside Police via the non-emergency line 101.

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