Modern Slavery Arrests Made On Eve Of International Trafficking Prevention Day, Knottingley
Tuesday July 30, 2019
Two men remain in custody after being arrested for modern slavery offences in Knottingley on the eve of an international day against trafficking.
Wakefield CID are continuing to investigate the incident and safeguard victims after arresting two men at an address in Knottingley on Monday evening.
Officers attended at an address off Malvern Road yesterday night after receiving a call of concern about a dispute ongoing there.
Following enquiries they arrested a man from Knottingley (38) on suspicion of exploitation and a 42-year-old man from Slough on suspicion of facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploitation.
Two adult women and a man were safeguarded from the property and are being cared for by authorities today.
July 30 is the UN World Day Against Trafficking In Persons, intended to raise awareness of trafficking and the signs persons can look out for.
At the end of 2018 the total number of referrals made by West Yorkshire Police to the National Referral Mechanism was 121, these include 73 adults and 48 minors. There was an increase of over 40 referrals in 2018 alone.
Detective Inspector Phil Davis of Wakefield District CID, said: “We are continuing our enquiries into this incident after arresting two men in Knottingley last night following a call of concern about an address there.
“The victims are all being supported by partner agencies and the men remain in custody after being arrested on suspicion of human trafficking related offences.
“All reports of human trafficking are investigated and we would always encourage residents to contact Wakefield Police on 101, CrimeStoppers or the Modern Slavery Helpline if they have information about people who they think are being exploited.
Speaking about human trafficking, Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), and national PCC lead on the subject said: "Our communities continue to have a key role to play in stopping this from happening. We need you to report any suspicions, no matter how small, to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or to the police.
"General indicators of human trafficking or modern slavery can include signs of physical or psychological abuse, fear of authorities, irregular activity at homes or addresses, poor living conditions and working long hours for little or no pay. By reporting suspicions you could be saving a lives."