The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership marked Anti-Slavery Day on Friday 18 October with a public information event that told the true stories of victims of different types of slavery through performing arts.
The event took place in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on 18 October, where actors will performed real life modern slavery experiences of individuals originating from the UK, Romania, Nigeria and Albania. The event highlighted that modern slavery is happening on our doorstep and encouraged members of the public to spot the signs and report concerns.
Alan Hagger, Chair of the Modern Slavery Partnership and Head of Commissioning, from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, commented:
“In 2018 there were 144 potential victims of Slavery identified across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but the true scale of modern day slavery is not known. By working together, recognising the signs and reporting concerns, we can bring modern slavery into the spotlight and build a better intelligence picture. This will then enable the pursuit of the criminals involved and the safeguarding of victims.”