Trust joins list of agencies to combat modern slavery and exploitation

Young girl looking at camera, modern slavery, exploitation Published: 6th Sep 2021

Birmingham Children’s Trust is joining several partner agencies across the West Midlands to raise awareness about sexual exploitation and modern slavery across the region.

The regional campaign has been co-ordinated by the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit, starting from 6 September and running for two weeks. The campaign coincides with Operation Aidant, a national campaign co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA). It aims to inform people about the signs of abuse, how to spot them and what resources and support are available in the area.

Operation Aidant is run nationally every year and involves local police forces working alongside partner agencies to focus on vulnerability, exploitation and modern slavery. 

Birmingham Children’s Trust joins a huge list of agencies to share information and support including Black Country Women’s Aid, Sandwell Children’s Trust, Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU), The Children’s Society and more.

Andy Couldrick, Birmingham Children’s Trust Chief Executive said: “It is important for us at Birmingham Children’s Trust to be part of this campaign and to do what we can to raise awareness around sexual exploitation and modern slavery across the West Midlands,”. 

“Thousands of vulnerable people are believed to be trafficked in the UK every year. The aim of this campaign is to help people spot the signs of abuse and where to find support if you or someone you know needs help.”

For more information, visit West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit's website

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