It's a crime that can be seen in any town and on any High Street and is often ignored, yet modern slavery is on the rise. In the Thames Valley, around three modern slavery crimes are recorded every week, with a 400 per cent increase last year.
Victims are tricked or threatened into working long hours, for little or no pay, but unable to leave due to fear and intimidation - with identity documents stolen or withheld. This week, police have launched a campaign to try to tackle the problem. Cary Johnston reports.
Interviewees: Det Supt Nick John, Thames Valley Police and Nicola Bell of the Rahab Support Project.
Reconstruction courtesy of the Unseen charity.
Police have raided dozens of brothels across Kent and Sussex as part of a national crackdown on the criminal gangs trafficking young women into the sex trade. Four eastern European girls are being offered the help of welfare services after the raid in Ashford. In many cases victims are forced into prostitution, in what police describe as a form of modern-day slavery.
Detective Chief Superintendent Rob Fordham from Kent Police issued an appeal for the public to report any suspicious activity.Position12reorder
A man arrested in connection with slavery offences in Dorset has been released on bail.
The 23-year-old was held when police raided a business unit on Ringwood Road in Bournemouth yesterday as part of an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking.
Six men, aged between 20 and 30 were moved to safety.
Police investigating a suspected slavery operation in Dorset have taken a man into custody for questioning.
They say 6 victims have been moved to safety. It follows a raid at a business unit in Ringwood Road in Bournemouth. Our correspondent Martin Dowse has the very latest.
Dorset Police today carried out a warrant at an address in Bournemouth as part of an investigation into forced labour and human trafficking.
Police officers and staff were involved in the operation at a business unit in Ringwood Road.
As a result six suspected male victims, aged between 20 and 30 years, have been taken to a place of safety and are being given all the help and support they need.
A 23-year-old man from Bournemouth has been arrested in connection with slavery offences.