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Police support international operation against human trafficking and exploitation

Warwickshire Police is supporting a one-week international campaign to raise awareness of modern day slavery, human trafficking and exploitation for sexual purposes.

The UK part of the international operation is being led by the National Crime Agency and Warwickshire Police will be raising awareness about how these issues can affect local communities.

The operation will coordinate the local to international effort targeting those criminals who use the internet to engage in trafficking human beings into sexual exploitation.

Detective Inspector Steven Fitzpatrick said: "This week, we will be out talking to people in our communities to help raise awareness of what slavery, trafficking and exploitation is and what we can do to tackle it.

"While we support this operation locally, this is an issue that impacts the whole country and internationally. This is why we work closely with UK partners and international partners such as National Crime Agency and Europol, to help gather a picture of human slavery and trafficking and how this could affect people living and working in Warwickshire."

If slavery or trafficking is happening to you or someone you know, help is available.
Speak to police in confidence on telephone 101 (always call 999 in an emergency) or contact the Modern Slavery helpline on 08000 121 700

Issued: Monday June 26, 2017  12:00  Helen Blake, Corporate Communications

Published 26/06/17