It is one of Prime Minister Teresa May’s top priorities, so tackling modern slavery was the focus of a talk delivered by the police to young people in Cornwall.
Students from Cornwall College St Austell were joined by PCSO Steve Edser, who discussed migrant workers and the devastating impact of modern slavery.
More than 5,000 people were identified as potential victims of trafficking in the UK in 2017, according to Unseen UK, a 35% increase on 2016 figures.
PCSO Edser is one of Devon and Cornwall Police’s Migrant Workers PCSOs and he talked to of the Functional Skills students about his work.
He explained the need to raise awareness of modern slavery and how to spot the signs that it is taking place.
“For me, it is a relevant exercise to promote integration and acceptance of our migrant community and to highlight the issues they face when first in the UK,” he continued.
“This year I have been able to educate around the issue of modern slavery and how it can affect anyone, from any walk of life, not just migrant workers and their families; with the hope that someone might identify a potential victim and report this to the relevant authority.”
It is the seventh year that Steve has visited the College to interact with the students, Lecturer Steph Norman explaining he was originally invited to come in to talk to the students as part of the Celebrating Diversity Week.
“As a Functional Skills English lecturer, this type of activity allows our students to participate in discussions that are real and relevant, and can affect any of their friends and families,” she added.
If you have any concerns relating to this subject please the modern slavery helpline 08000 121 700