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Anti-slavery operation Arrest made


Arrest made in joint GLA anti-slavery operation

13 individuals have been arrested as a part of a joint GLA anti-slavery operation involving the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Peterborough City Council and National Crime Company (NCA), the British Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Operation Launch is the Peterborough-led response to Operation Mustily, an on-going NCA investigation into human trafficking and forced labour of Slovakian nationals inside the UK.

Approximately 300 police and partner agency officers and employees had been involved in the operation in Peterborough that saw raids and arrests at 20 properties throughout town.

Officers engaged with forty six potential victims, 20 of which, including six kids, have been removed from the properties and brought to a reception centre, facilitated by Peterborough City Council, while additional enquiries are carried out.

Those arrested, six males and 7 females, have all been taken to Thorpe Wood police station.

The names of those arrested weren’t disclosed.


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“Slave sale” Raises Awareness About Salvation Army’s Efforts to Combat Trafficking


This post is being featured in recognition of White Ribbon Against Pornography Week (WRAP). This week is dedicated to raise public awareness about our culture’s pornography problem and it’s devastating affects to adults and children. The annual event creates a useful opportunity to also raise the issue of pornography within the Church, and to call all Christians to renewed lives of sexual purity and freedom. This year, the event will take place from October 27-November 3.

“Slave sale” in front of The Salvation Army to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Hundreds of commuters and tourists walking past The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters in central London on Friday were greeted with the sight of human ‘slaves’ being sold at a makeshift market stall.

It was, of course, not a real slave sale – it was an attempt to draw attention to the various ways in which people of all ages and backgrounds can be trafficked and forced to work for little or no pay, often under threat of violence.

The slave sale was organized by Salvation Army representatives from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland to highlight Anti-Slavery Day, which is marked in various ways across Europe on the 18th of October.

The Salvation Army in the UK works with the Government to support victims of human trafficking, providing secure accommodation when needed and care and support to meet the needs of this very vulnerable group of people in England and Wales. This is just one of many Salvation Army projects worldwide that address the causes and outcome of trafficking.

A pamphlet handed out to passers-by included stories of people helped by The Salvation Army and revealed that ‘in less than two years more than 800 victims of human trafficking have been supported by The Salvation Army and its partners’.
:: To find out more about anti-trafficking efforts around the world, please click here.:: Click here to learn about what’s being done to help victims of trafficking in the US. This post was originally featured on The Salvation Army Western Territory’s blog, Expect Change and was contributed by Kathy Lovin of The Salvation Army Western Territory.