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National Recognition For Anti-Slavery Work

Sandwell Council’s efforts to fight modern slavery and human trafficking have been recognised by a national awards scheme.

Sandwell was a finalist in the Best Collaborative Working Initiative category of the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) awards.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, deputy council leader, said: “I am proud that the council is gaining a reputation for its strong partnership approach to eradicating modern slavery and for protecting victims and potential victims of slavery and human trafficking.

“The signs of slavery and human exploitation are often hidden and it is important that we work with partners to help protect people who are vulnerable to violence and exploitation.”

Councillor Khatun said modern slavery was a grave violation of human rights and the council had developed a strong collaboration with partner organisations.

“The council has been after the forefront of more than 30 multi-partner operations, all of which have been borne out of intelligence sharing and have resulted in arrests and victims being rescued,” she said.

Work has focused on identifying and tackling forced labour, child trafficking, domestic servitude and criminal and sexual exploitation.

Anyone who suspects people are subject to exploitation is urged to go to the www.sandwell.gov.uk/modernslavery webpage for advice on how to spot the signs of modern slavery and report it.

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