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Police support national campaign highlighting dangers of child trafficking

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Northamptonshire Police is supporting a week long campaign highlighting the dangers of child trafficking.

At the start of the week officers conducted a safeguarding visit to a nail bar in the north of the county where four illegal Vietnamese workers were found. Aged between 18 and 31, the two men and two women have been referred to the Immigration Service.

An investigation into how the people came to be working at the premises is underway.

Detective Sergeant Jon Harte from Northamptonshire Police, said: “We believe the people we found working in the nail bar had arrived in the UK clandestinely and were being forced to work in the premises.

“Although on this occasion the people we found were adults, child trafficking and modern slavery is happening in the UK. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

“Children are more commonly used for cannabis cultivation, domestic servitude, labour and sexual exploitation. These are all serious forms of child abuse and neglect and I urge anyone who has any concerns about a child they think is at risk to call police on 101 or the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700. If you believe a child in is immediate danger always call 999.”

For more information about modern slavery go to www.modernslavery.co.uk   

Last updated: 09 July 2018

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