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Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has allocated funding to provide victims of modern slavery, human trafficking and forced marriage that are in crisis with immediate support.

Following police intervention, it is vital officers provide victims with safeguarding – which includes getting them to a safe place and providing them with all the support they need.

The funding, which sits within a central pot, allows West Mercia Police to provide individuals with immediate access to food, drink and secure accommodation for up to seven nights. Victims of modern slavery and human trafficking are then referred onto the National Referral System, which is a framework for identifying victims and ensuring they receive the appropriate support – typically provided by the Salvation Army. Victims of forced marriage are referred to other charities.

Earlier this year, PCC John Campion, West Mercia Police and the National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network came together with local authorities and community groups to raise awareness and identify how everyone can work together in tackling modern slavery within West Mercia.

PCC John Campion said: “Earlier this year I showed my commitment to victims of modern slavery and human trafficking by ensuring police have the resources to tackle this awful crime.

“I hope that the funding I have allocated to be used, when victims need temporary accommodation, will help bring them comfort and support before more permanent living arrangements can be made.”

Issued on: Tuesday 30th July