On Wednesday, City Hearts attended the launch of the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership. Funded by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the partnership is led by City Hearts, Snowdrop, Ashiana and South Yorkshire Police. It aims to tackle modern slavery across South Yorkshire through a collaborative approach, to ensure the region is a place of safety for survivors and a hostile region for those who exploit others.
Representatives from several organisations across South Yorkshire attended the launch to discuss the pressing issue of modern slavery, and have been invited to work in partnership to improve the region’s response.
Dr Alan Billings, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Slavery is not a thing of the past but takes modern forms. People are trafficked into this country by ruthless gangs and exploited in places of work, as domestic slaves and for sexual purposes.
“This network brings partners together so that we can understand what is happening, help the victims – who are often intimidated and afraid – and prosecute the offenders. Above all we need to rescue people from the appalling lives they lead once they are caught up in these different forms of modern slavery.
“But there is a role for all of us to be alert and be willing to tell the authorities if we suspect something that seems wrong. Employers have a responsibility to ask questions about the firms they deal with. We all have a responsibility to think about the services we access and who is working there.”
Kirsty Wilson, City Hearts South Yorkshire Regional Manager said, “We believe that partnership plays an integral part in our efforts to eradicate modern slavery. We are thrilled to be part of the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership, and look forward to working together with other anti-trafficking organisations to provide better survivor care.”