Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens
‘Get Seen For Unseen’ is the creative campaign of a charity working to raise awareness for the millions trapped in modern day slavery and is being supported by Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens.
Unseen are asking supporters from across the UK to adorn their brightest neon pieces in the hopes of raising funds and awareness. Any funds raised will go towards the running of 24-hour trafficked women and children safe houses.
According to the International Labour Organisation (2012), there are nearly 21 million victims of forced labour including forced sexual exploitation worldwide, an estimated 5.5 million of these victims are children.
In the UK, figures released for 2012 by the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) states there were 2,255 reported human trafficking victims. According to the UK Home Office (2012) 25% of trafficking victims found in the UK were children.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “It is hard to image that in this day and age slavery still exists however the sad truth is that it does. That is why it is more important than ever that we must continue the fight to eradicate human trafficking and exploitation for good.
“We are fortunate in Avon and Somerset to have some fantastic charities, partner agencies and individuals within the Constabulary who are continually working together to tackle the very serious issue of modern slavery.”
This week also saw the publication of a ministerial booklet setting out Home Office activity to tackle modern slavery. On receiving the booklet PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “I welcome the Government’s commitment to tackling modern slavery. I feel the Modern Slavery Bill clearly outlines how we in the United Kingdom are taking the tackling of this heinous crime seriously. Working together we can be a louder voice for all victims of modern slavery.”
You can find out more about Unseen’s ‘Get Seen For Unseen’ campaign and how you can help them in supporting victims of human trafficking visit www.unseenuk.org
To view a copy of the Modern Slavery Bill and access more information about its publication please click here.
Posted on Thursday 10th July 2014