South Tyneside people urged to look out for signs of modern slavery and human trafficking

Coun Ed Malcolm
Coun Ed Malcolm

People in South Tyneside are being asked to look out for signs of modern slavery and human trafficking.

South Tyneside Council’s cabinet members are set to endorse a commitment to help eradicate modern slavery and prevent violence and exploitation among vulnerable people when they meet next Wednesday.

It is essential that as a large employer and a business with a key role in protecting vulnerable people within our community, we remain vigilant and do what we can to eradicate this wicked practice

Coun Ed Malcolm

Coun Ed Malcolm, lead member for resources and innovation at the council, said: “It is essential that, as a large employer and a business with a key role in protecting vulnerable people within our community, we remain vigilant and do what we can to eradicate this wicked practice.”

Key indicators include people not in possession of their own documents, people appearing frightened, withdrawn and anxious, or ‘controlled’ or ‘coached’ by someone else.

Other indicators are limited freedom of movements, with victims often regularly collected early in the morning or dropped off from work late at night.

People are also being asked to look for signs of malnourishment, injury or lack of sleep, and limited social interaction.

Council bosses say those who witness suspicious activity should call the police, or 999 in an emergency.

Information can also be reported to the Modern Day Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who suspects a child may be at risk can call 0191 424 5010, or for adults, the number is 0191 424 6000.