United Kingdom: Forcewide Operation Targeting Illicit Finances Linked to Modern Slavery

Reporting suspicious behaviour could help a vulnerable victim be rescued from a life of slavery.

That’s the message from West Yorkshire Police’s Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Team which looks to safeguard victims and bring offenders to justice.

Through Programme Precision the team took part in a force-wide operation in November which aimed to target the use of illicit finances linked to modern slavery.

The operation sits under Project Aidant which is co-ordinated by the National Crime Agency (NCA)

Teams from each District (Wakefield, Kirklees, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale) joined forces carrying out a range of activities across the county in the fight against organised exploitation.

Given the complex nature of potential offending work was carried out internally to raise awareness and help colleagues attack criminal finances.

Officers working with partner agencies also visited a number of premises as part of an intelligence led focus to counter this illegal activity.

They spoke to people in the various premises and made arrests for a range of offences under the Modern Slavery Act.

The original full article can be found at westyorkshire.police.uk

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